About 20 years ago, Jessica McGrane wanted to begin a career as a farrier. She asked West Chester, Pa., farrier Dave Werkiser if she could learn the trade from him. Werkiser admits that he was at first hesitant, having had some previous helpers join his practice, but leave just when they
Each issue of Practical Horseman features a questions posed to readers about a variety of equine topics. In the January 2014 issue, the editors ask the readers for feedback on the most important trait looked for in a vet and/or farrier.
So what's a farrier, anyway? Well, think of it as a blacksmith with a master's degree in horse feet! Billy Blackman, a farrier in Jefferson County, says a farrier needs three core qualities: "The strength of Samson, the wisdom of Solomon, and the patience of Job."
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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