As an American farrier that has shod horses from coast to coast and border to border for over five decades, I am amazed at the many different ways people care for their horses. What is considered neglect in some areas, in another is considered responsible care. There is variance in area and in breeds, […]
In the mid 70s, Dr. Doug Butler went to Cornell University to get an advanced degree because he wanted to further his understanding of the horse.
by Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School Every so often we hear a practicing farrier or farrier student say, as they attempt to explain away their poor performance and inferior workmanship, “Oh, it’s good enough!” We then ask, “Good enough for who?” “Good enough for what?”
Farriers and veterinarians alike have (or should have) the horse’s welfare in mind. We do our best to make horses comfortable and would never purposefully harm a horse. We want the horse to be safe. We want the horse to be healthy. We do not want the horse to hurt! It would be nice if horses could speak (or at least if more horse practitioners could understand what they are saying) for then we would know exactly what is ailing the horse.
Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School Each one of us needs to face the fact that we are not going to live forever. We don’t know when our number will be up. Are you prepared for this eventuality? Are you at peace with yourself and your God? Have you conveyed your feelings of affection to those that are close to you? Have you taught your children life skills? Have you done your homework and put your financial affairs in order?
©2013 Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School "Saying the final goodbye to a beloved family friend of the equine variety can be very heart-rending. If that sad time can be delayed, and several more happy useful years added, everyone rejoices."
©2013 Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School We all are guilty of shooting ourselves in the foot once in a while. Perhaps it would be good to review some of the unique ways farriers do this to themselves. Much of the adversity we face in our lives is of our own making. Here are some of things that I have observed over my 50 years of teaching that have derailed the careers of some potentially very successful farrier students. They have neglected one or more of the following:
©2013 Doug Butler PhD, CJF, FWCF Butler Professional Farrier School Much of what one sees and hears about through today's media is so obviously slanted and one-sided, misleading and possibly harmful as to cause us to question all claims made by marketers. There seems to be a concerted effort to make truth a matter of majorities - the correctness of an idea is measured by the number of persons who can be induced to adopt it. The uninformed are easily manipulated.
At DBE, we look forward to a NEW Year! Yet, along with many others we've talked to, we realize the importance of doing the best we can in the circumstances in which we find ourselves. When you meet true professional farriers, they do what they do because they like the challenge. They get pleasure from completing a difficult and exacting task. Of course, occasionally there are "bumps" in the road.
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