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Shoeing for a Living

Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.

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Wedges Play Role In Treating Fetlock, Joint Injuries

A routine morning check-up sent this couple on a mad dash to save a 16-year-old mare
Amidst the green pastures and expansive sky of an area in Bolar, Va., Landon Vaught and her boyfriend, Jody Colaw, made their morning rounds through a mountain pasture to check their horses. They soon found Molly, their 16-year-old Quarter Horse, with a serious injury.
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New Way To Glue On Shoes

This veteran farrier’s unique technique hasn’t failed him yet!

 In 50 years of shoeing, a farrier can do a lot of thinking about finding better ways to get the job done.

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