Freedom Is The Nature Of His Business

Oregon farrier molds his practice to provide quality hoof-care, while enjoying the High Desert of the Pacific Northwest

Pictured Above: Most think of the Pacific Northwest as a wet climate; however, Kurt Fisk lives and works in the High Desert of central Oregon where it rains about 10 inches a year. The climate can result in dry, hard feet.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Finding a balance between work and your personal life is an important factor in your happiness and career longevity.
  • Inspecting your work from the previous shoeing will provide you with important information on improving your fit.
  • A quick burn and knife work on hard feet often will ease the
    trimming process.
  • Bringing the foot to the peg can highlight flares that you might not have noticed when it’s on the floor.

“I own my business — it doesn’t own me.”

Kurt Fisk lives by this max­im. The Bend, Ore., farrier has found that he’s much happier and successful in his hoof-care practice as a result.

“It’s huge to be able to go out into nature and do stuff,” he says. “I’ve set up my book so I can do that. I’ve set a budget. I know what I need to make, and I’m comfortably making it. I’m fortunate enough that I could shoe three horses a day and I’m good. I have the freedom to move the rest of the horses to another day during the week if I have to. I can go mountain biking, hiking or paddle boarding. In my mind, why kill myself?”

Fisk uses a stud puncher to create holes in a Castle

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 25 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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