©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.
Off-set knees or bench knee conformation is a common problem encountered by farriers. Horses with this conformation will not stay sound unless their hooves are frequently balanced due to unequal weight distribution over the knee joints.
Working with horses may involve a high hazard environment. Owning horses can be a liability. Horses are unpredictable. They have minds of their own. There are so many ways horses can hurt you. They can react quickly and may jump, run, kick, strike, fall on and/or bite a person on the ground without warning. (As you gain experience, you will recognize changes in equine behavior that could become dangerous.) Workman's Compensation insurance for farriers is traditionally high. Don't fail to have accident insurance when working with horses.
On this Memorial Day, let us remember and appreciate those who have served our country – the men and women who have voluntarily put themselves in harm’s way to protect our way of life in America. While those of us who weren’t there can’t know what all you’ve been through, we can express our appreciation for […]
With Spring upon us, it’s a great time to be reminded that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Use these tips to help minimize the risk of injury or other problems to your horse’s well-being during this new season. Check and repair pasture fences before weather gets nice enough to turn out […]
Each year around Valentine’s Day, we are reminded to think more about how much the people we love really mean to us. Love can be defined as looking after the welfare of those you care deeply about. Love often causes us to care more about the comfort of loved ones than we do our own. […]
This time of year it is wise to stay warm and safe when riding your horse. In addition, you want to ensure your horse has shoes that are going to give them protection from the elements of weather. One thing that you absolutely want to make sure of is traction to prevent accidental falls in addition to winter horseshoes.
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