Mentors and Coaches

Dec 07, 2017 by Doug Butler Category: Farrier training 0 comments

Mentors and coaches will be more willing to share their knowledge and experience if you are teachable. Photo credit: Savanna Simmons

Upon completing a horseshoeing course, some students wisely choose to continue their training with an experienced farrier. Occasionally, one of these students will ask, “How much should I expect a farrier to pay me for helping him or her a few times a week?” There are many factors to consider, but we usually advise not to expect any payment at first. Farriers that are just entering the business need a lot of help to get more experience and hone their skills. Instead of expecting money, it is better to think of the situation as a learning opportunity. Novice farriers may be more of hindrance than a help in the beginning anyway! Choosing mentors is important as they will help you to become more successful.

People who desire to make rapid progress in their goals, often need an outside perspective. It is difficult to achieve your goals if you are the only one judging your work. Coaches are often paid to work closely with you to help you develop the life and/or professional skills you need to excel in one or more areas of your life. For farriers who want to get better at their craft, a coach is an ideal choice for individualized training.

A coach has your best interest in mind. He or she desires to help you with more than just perfecting your craft or skill. A coach holds you accountable; you report your progress to him or her. A coach shares in the joys of your achievements and the disappointment in your failures. Most of all, a coach helps keep you focused on your goals. This relationship requires a solid commitment on your part, and you must be willing to follow advice and take direction.

Coaching is not easy and as such, many wise and experienced farriers shy away from it. This isn’t because they consider the work itself difficult, but because they may have been burned in the past by obstinate students that would not receive instruction. It is important as students that we retain a teachable attitude in order to widen our scope of knowledge. Mentors and coaches are often willing to share their wealth of knowledge to those who are eager to receive it.

To hear more about great lessons from mentors, listen to our latest podcast: an interview with Bryan Farcus. Available on iTunes and Stitcher.

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