Heed the Warning Signs for Stress

Long-time shoer turned counselor offers coping strategies to avoid burnout, which can prematurely end a farrier career

Harry Trosin loved his job.

The Oklahoma shoer simply couldn’t wait to get to work each morning for more than 30 years.

Then it all changed.

“I would drive up to the stable gate and I’d get sick to my stomach,” he recalls. “I found I was missing work. I had no idea what was going on. Everything was good, and then it wasn’t.”

The culprit? Burnout.

“This was a profession I dearly loved,” Trosin says. “I wish I had never stopped, but it’s too late now.”

He retired from shoeing in 2008 and became a behavioral health rehabilitation specialist and case manager at Pennington Creek Lifehouse and Crossway Counseling Services, both in Tishomingo, Okla.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Leisure activities such as music, fishing and reading offer a means of alleviating stress.
  • Take a proactive approach to such stressors as troubling clients, scheduling problems, etc.
  • It’s critical to avoid withdrawing from people. Communication with someone you trust is vital to coping with stress and avoiding burnout.

“Usually I do this in an office one-on-one because people don’t know what’s going on,” Trosin told attendees at the 46th annual American Farrier’s Association convention in Arlington, Texas. “Their lives are kind of in a shambles. It’s chaotic. They’ve always been happy, and all of a sudden they’re not.”

It’s critical to understand what stress is, the difference between stress and burnout and how to avoid and cope with the latter.

“That’s the most important thing,” he says of avoiding burnout. “If you learn…

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Jeff cota 2023

Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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