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Take Special Care Of Your Body

One key to both his medical and shoeing success that Michael Miller would like to pass along to other farriers is the importance of keeping fit.

“Since I used to do long-distance biking as a hobby, I asked an exercise therapist to put together a conditioning program for me,” says the Trussville, Ala., orthopedic surgeon and farrier. “As it turns out, the exercises that are best for a biker are also good ones for a shoer.”

Miller maintains that shoers need to recognize that their biggest asset is not their truck or the inventory of shoes and supplies found in the rig.

“Instead, it’s your body and you need to take care of it,” he says. “If you don’t exercise regularly, you’ll find this out the hard way when your back gives out and you can’t shoe horses anymore.”

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