What is a farrier?
A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves and sometimes also placing on the shoes. This profession is very old and stretches back hundreds of years paralleling the increasing domestication of horses. Due to the animals not being in the wild, their hooves harden less because they are not walking on hard surfaces as often. Farriers apply horseshoes are a corrective measure to improve a horse’s gait help them gain traction on slick surfaces, like ice. This profession has continued to grow because horseshoes are being used more and more on race and performance horses.
Showing appreciation during National Farriers Week
July 9-15, 2017 is National Farriers Week and since your hoof care professional is an invaluable member of your horse’s health team, don’t forget to show your gratitude for his/her hard work during National Farriers Week.
Without doubt, a horse’s hooves are one of the most important parts of the animal. Given a split hoof, nail prick, or stinky hoof, the first call should be to the farrier. Regularly scheduled farrier visits greatly reduce the potential for hoof problems.
In fact, regular appointments with a competent farrier to keep hooves properly trimmed, make sure that shoes are fitted and attached properly, and assess the general hoof health of the horse will prevent most hoof problems from developing, thereby increasing the enjoyment and productivity associated with horse ownership.
Here are a few fun ideas for how you can say ‘thank you for taking such great care of my horse’s feet’:
- Have a cup of coffee or a nice cold drink waiting at your next appointment
- Bake cookies, brownies or some other delicious treat
- A gas gift card makes a very thoughtful gift for a professional who’s always on the road