What it Takes to Make Farriers Happy

Besides being able to earn a good living, there are many well-deserved rewards for being able to keep horses sound

Farrier Walter Fuermann summed up the many benefits of running a footcare business. “It boils down to being your own boss and making a living while working in a barn rather than an office,” says the Hearne, Texas, shoer.

This was among dozens of rewards cited by farriers in a recent e-mail survey of American Farriers Journal readers.

The “Wow” Factor

Receiving a compliment or a pat on the back for a job well done from a client ranked high in the minds of farriers when it comes to rewards. A good example is hearing a “wow” from the owner when you get a horse going well, says Christopher Schork of Moab, Utah. Chad Hopkins of Weatherford, Texas, agrees, stating that he loves to hear a client say, “Wow, my horse hasn’t felt that good and sound in a long time.”

Melvin Jones boils effective rewards down into three simple words: work well done. “When you get done with a job and the owner or trainer compliments you on your work, you can feel proud of what you’ve done,” says the Galloway, Ohio, farrier. “When a horse is brought to you with either a simple or complicated problem and you are able to fix it, it makes everyone that is involved feel good.”

Shane Westman of Bow, Wash., says the biggest reward is seeing a 13-year-old girl beaming when her horse is healthy and performing at its best. Tracy Harbes of Simonton, Texas, adds that getting a horse sound…

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Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has spent more than 50 years in the agricultural and equine publishing business. The sixth generation member to live on the family’s Centennial farm in Michigan, he is the Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.

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