Kids didn’t have career choices in the 1800s. Children were expected to follow in their parent’s footsteps, often in a family business. Blacksmiths of the time, like other tradesmen, relied on their sons to learn the skills and backfill the ranks as their elders retired. Most daughters weren’t offered an option back then.
Working under a horse all day is hard on the body — especially the back. And there are always risks for a wreck. With close to 30 years of shoeing, 18 of those full-time, Jacob Manning of Roosevelt, Utah, wishes he had taken better care of his back.
Jacob Butler doesn’t currently shoe any gaited horses — there aren’t any in his area of Nebraska.
However, he did shoe Saddlebreds and Morgans while living in Colorado. The 2022 International Hoof-Care Summit Mail-in Forging Exercise gave Butler an opportunity to revisit his shoeing roots.
Do we correct or maintain a conformational deformity? Farriers do a little of both, depending on the age of the horse. As part of the correction process, a problem continues and needs to be maintained. Farriers develop the practical skill to manage conformational problems.
The front half of a horse’s hoof has been the center of trimming and shoeing discussions for quite some time. Specifically, finding the ideal breakover point has been the focus of countless conversations and endless training.
Lafayette, Ind., farrier Danvers Child points out that the vast majority of hoof issues occur in the back half of the foot, not the front.
In the first article of this series, I presented some simple strategies that are motivated by our desire to excel. As we learn new skills, we need to apply and implement them into our lives and businesses so that these become part of our everyday work.
If you’re a horseshoer, you work with metal every day. But how much do you have to really know about metallurgy — the science underlying the working of metal — to be successful?
That might depend on how you define success and what kind of farrier you want to be.
Dozens of farriers ventured to Burlington, Wis., to attend the Oct. 3, 2015, Centaur Forge clinic. Jacob Butler, an instructor from the Butler Professional Farrier School near Crawford, Neb., provided attendes with a live demonstration followed by lectures.
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