Bob Smith

You Don’t Dare Stop Learning

Top farrier educators say continuing your education is vital for providing better hoof care and building your business


Concentrating on a particular discipline or area of interest in is one way to focus your continuing farriery education, says Bob Smith. The owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif., says being selective in what clinics to attend or ride-alongs to schedule can help busy farriers work continuing education into their schedules

 

Concentrating on a particular discipline or area of interest in is one way to focus your continuing farriery education, says Bob Smith. The owner of the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, Calif., says being selective in what clinics to attend or ride-alongs to schedule can help busy farriers work continuing education into their schedules.

Keeping current is at the heart of being successful in any business, including providing hoof care. As you build your career, it becomes increasingly important to stay ahead of the curve to remain competitive.

“Systematically improving on your skills can make the difference,” says Chris Gregory, the American Farrier’s Association certified journeyman farrier and fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers who operates the Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. “In this profession, things are always changing and evolving. While having a goal and achieving it is huge, it is engaging in the process of farriery that is the key to becoming the best that you can be — and staying there.”

3 C’s For Improvement

Gregory cites three C’s — clinics, certification and contests — as “the essentials” for expanding your skill set.

“These resources are available to help…

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Toby Raymond is a horse owner and freelance writer who lives in Vermont. She is a frequent contributor to American Farriers Journal.

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