“I Do” are the traditional words said at a wedding ceremony. But for a farrier’s wife, those loving words should really be, “I will do:”
Marriage is about commitment, compromise and sacrificing things in life to make the one you love happy. So why is being the wife of a farrier any different?
Find out as Vicki Schmidt from Hebron, Maine; Gina Keesling from Alexandria, Ind.; Vicki Poort from Sedalia, Mo.; Becki Ruh from Vicksburg, Mich.; and Sharon Richison from Carson City, Nev., share their stories about falling head-over-heels for a farrier.
Schmidt hasn’t tied the knot yet, but she is currently dating Frank Walker. Walker mainly shoes show and draft horses and does some veterinary referral hoof work. After more than 3 years of dating, Schmidt had seen enough of her boyfriend working 18-hour days and logging over 800 miles a week on his truck.
“Not only was it taking a toll on us, I saw how hard it was on him physically,” she says.
Instead of giving Walker the boot, Schmidt came up with a compromise. She set up a shop at her farm so Walker could do his shoeing work there. The horses would be brought to the farm, which…