I think when we get older we need to step back and evaluate where we are at and what we are doing. I did just that. I will be entering my 63rd year on this side of the dirt. Definitely not getting any younger. Shoeing horses is a somewhat physically demanding job. You know the old saying, “To be a horseshoer one must have a strong back and a weak mind.”
I started Double D Acres LLC in 2003. It has been a good run and I was able to build a fantastic clientele base. I was blessed with some great clients. At my peak I had 268 horses on rotation. I stayed busy.
One question we always get asked, “Have you ever got kicked before?”. It isn’t have you, it is how many times. The worst thing I had happen to me was a bruised spleen and 2 busted ribs. I was shoeing horses 5 days later.
Every farrier should have a ride dog. Mine is an Australian Shepherd. She takes her job very serious.
i am a firm believer in continued education. (CE). I can’t thank Bob Schantz, owner of Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop and Homestead Veterinary Hospital enough for all the clinics they provided. Big thank you to Dr. Amy Rucker (Midwest Equine LLC) and Dr. Joanne Kramer (Mizzou University) for taking time out of their busy schedules to teach at the clinics. We learn a lot by dissecting the equine limb. It helps us to get a better understanding of the mechanics of the leg and hoof and how it works.
I would like to thank Dr. Don Walsh for all he taught me about laminitis and founder. Dr. Walsh founded the Animal Health Foundation to research laminitis. Laminitis is a painful inflammatory condition of the laminae that bond the hoof wall to the coffin bone in the horses hoof. Laminitis can cause the coffin bone to rotate and come out of the bottom of the hoof. It is very painful for the equine.
The hooves are of a thoroughbred that I got off the race track. He had road foundered and I was working with Dr. Ted Kellerman of Homestead Veterinary Hospital and we decided to use Steward Clogs. He had very poor hooves so we decided to attach the clogs by using casting material. It worked quite well.
Looking back it has been a lot of fun. I am going to keep about 30 head of horses on the books. I will also help anyone who needs it. I can’t quit completely because I really enjoy shoeing and I still have my three.
Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you enjoyed it. Tip for the day: Don;t squat with your spurs on. Be kind to one another, spread the love and God Bless you one and all.