More Thoughts From Military Veterans

Farriers who served in the military share attributes they developed while in the armed forces contribute to their farrier practice.

Work hard and achieve your goals, and be on time.

— Waid Benson, Haslet, Texas (3 years in the United States Army)

Always strive for perfection, you'll obtain greatness. Be a part of the brotherhood, no one can do it all by themselves. Never be afraid of ashamed to ask questions or for help. The only stupid question is the one not asked.

— Jeremiah Zimmer, Nicholas, Ky. (6.5 years in the United States Marine Corps)

Dedication, self-discipline, as a medical professional I am able to look at the anatomy from a different view, as well as communicate w/ a vet on a better level

— Roy Basinger, Briggsdale, Colo. (Still serving in the United States Navy)

Pay attention to everything when you're dealing with the horses you're working on ... ie..the hoof capsule.

— Clint McCandless, Butler, Pa. (5 years in the United States Army)

I learned discipline, the ability to pursue any goal , mental toughness , people skills , confidence , and professionalism. Ride with someone with these attributes.

— Mike Price, Hesperia, Calif. (8 years in the United States Army)

I learned self-discipline, accountability and personal drive. Don't shoe horses if you don't naturally posses these attributes.

— Chris Diehl, Spring Grove, Pa. (6 years in the United States Army)

Pay attention to details.

— Chris Tilley, Monroeville, Ala. (5 years in the United States Navy)

I learned a lot about working with people. I was a farrier before I joined but I feel the Air…

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Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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