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.
The choices farriers make when trimming and shoeing to achieve a certain result are going to have an impact on the entire equine limb and, at times, may result in unintended consequences. Understanding the anatomy of the equine limb beyond the hoof can help reduce the chances of a farrier’s action having an adverse reaction elsewhere. It can also improve the quality of communication among equine colleagues.
Doug Figgs has to stretch in the morning. It helps loosen him up for a full day of shoeing horses. Or maybe for a day tending to his cattle. Possibly for a day of traveling capped off with an evening performance. Regardless, there's a big day ahead.
Seventeen years ago, 16-year-old Joe Robinson set off to be an apprentice farrier in England. He would vent his trials and tribulations to his mother, an English teacher at Stonyhurst College. She then did what anyone who had a plethora of humorous stories about farriery would do: She wrote a book.
In some parts of the world, farriers are facing the threat of extinction. Either the unemployment rates are at an all-time high, like in Pakistan, or the youth have no interest in carrying on the trade, like in Algeria. And the horseshoers in these countries aren’t ready to let their trade die out, as reported by The Express Tribune and France 24.
In this episode, Arizona farrier Eric Billingsley shows the 4-Star gooseneck trailer and truck he relies on to navigate the hilly, desert country he calls home. He purchased and designed that trailer about 20 years ago and it continues to provide Billingsley and his apprentices with business efficiency and peace of mind.
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