Fewer people entering the farrier industry have experience handling horses. Couple that with the lack of experience that so many horse owners have, and the chances of catastrophic wrecks occurring soar. It doesn’t have to, though.
Many farriers struggle with hiring and keeping apprentices in the fold. While the reasons vary, complaints frequently revolve around apprentices’ failures — they lack motivation and work ethic. Perhaps some do, but what if we’re failing them?
I owe an apology to the horse that is long since overdue. In the years since beginning my farrier career, I have made many a mistake — some bred of ego, but most of ignorance. To the horse, I vow I will do better.
Farriery requires knowledge and skills to provide proper equine hoof care. In this series, sponsored by VICTORY, American Farriers Journal visits Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, Mo. In this edition, Chris Gregory discussed his journey to becoming an educator, his focus in teaching farrier students and the state of farrier education.
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