Lessons learned can have more than one application. Missouri farrier Jamey Carsel, for instance, took something he learned at a Bob Marshall forging clinic and adapted it to a useful keg shoe modification.
WHEN RUSSELL STOUT went to Oregon State University’s farrier school in 1999, he was no spring chicken. He had just finished 32 years of employment with International Paper Co. and had two daughters who were in their mid-30s.
Washington State Farrier Don Hampton knows that the last thing a show ring judge wants to see in a Western Pleasure horse is excessive knee action. That’s why he shoes these horses to provide more flat-kneed movement.
Jerry Matthews leads a Thoroughbred to the cross-ties and stands still for a moment before snapping a rope to each side of the halter. Matthews is tall, but would have trouble peering over the withers of this big hunter.
Campbell, Texas, farrier and American Farriers Team member Sawyer Spradling demonstrates his approach to tuning a distorted pritchel to a punch, a skill that has served him well when he travels to clinics and competitions.
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