Our “Hoof-Care Q&A” this issue features advice from Florida farriers on better communication with horse owners on their role in footcare (Page 64). The five shoers in this story gave tactics they found effective when trying to enlist the client’s help.
As many farriers age, it is better for the horse to forgo vanity and admit when assistance is needed. Reading glasses purchased off the shelf require a minimal investment for those who spend time looking at material close-up, like a foot. When it comes to selecting a pair, an ordinary drugstore set with or without an eyeglass strap/lanyard seems like the apex of design, but a few farriers have found something better.
In 2002, a veterinarian friend stopped in the shop where I was working as the resident farrier for a large equine medical center. She had a simple question: “How do I get farriers to take the time to communicate?”
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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