A piece of Irish farriery history is on the market. Boyne’s Forge, one of Dublin’s last remaining blacksmith forges, is on the real estate market with a €350,000 (approximately $391,515) price tag, according to the Independent.
The saying of ‘No hoof, No horse’ is a phrase often used in the horse world and based on the reasoning that, farriers, as the custodian of the foot, quite literally hold the success, or the lack thereof, of the performance horse in their hands.
Sonny Pistilli has been shoeing horses since 1967. As you'd expect, he's seen a lot of clubfooted horses in 46 years. But for the last couple of years, he's been dealing with a horse that presents the biggest clubfoot challenge he's ever faced.
While working on this 35th Anniversary issue of American Farriers Journal, I've been paging through back issues. At times I can almost feel the heat of the forges and hear the distant echo of hammer ringing on steel.
Seamus Brady, the official farrier for the U.S. Equestrian Team for many years, passed away on July 27 at the age of 77. A member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, Brady immigrated to the United States more than 50 years ago and became one of the most respected farriers in the world.
Illinois farrier Vern Powell shares the benefits of looking at feet in terms of steel length instead of a standard factory shoe sizes. It could give you a leg up in a forging competition or when sitting for an examination.
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