Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.
While listening to Dr. Hiltrude Strasser and a panel of farriers, veterinarians and hoof-care specialists debate the German veterinarian’s controversial hoof-care theories, I kept hearing a veterinarian who wasn’t even there.
It's no secret that farriers are considered a pretty handy lot. Besides their horseshoeing skills, it’s not unusual for farriers to be able to make and repair their own tools, forge decorative ironwork, build, modify and repair their own shoeing rigs and to have a few special gadgets in the workshop that they built themselves.
They may not have spent much time at the horse farms that give Lexington, Ky., its nickname as the Horse Capital Of The World, but attendees at the 31st annual American Farrier’s Association (AFA) convention in early March had plenty of opportunities to improve their abilities to help the animals.
It's early, but one of Bill Ruh’s customers has apparently decided she’s stood quietly long enough. The farrier shakes his head as he describes her quick gallop toward freedom, across a west central Michigan bean field, in the general direction of nearby Grand Rapids.
It's a bright but cold Kentucky morning as I head out of Lexington in the direction of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where I’m to hook up with Scott Morrison for a highly unusual “Shoeing For A Living” day.
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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