Horses have a thick skin insulated by fat and thick winter hair. The horse’s integument (its hooves and skin) has an underlying dermis that contains AVAs (arterio-venous anastomoses). These vascular systems allow the body to shunt or divert blood away from its surface area periodically to keep the animal’s central core warm
Shoeing horses is not just about taking care of horses. We need to take care of the owners too. Sometimes we forget that the customer is the owner and not the horse! On occasion, someone will call and say, “I want to change my career. I think I’d like to get into the farrier business because I’m sick of people!
The average life expectancy of a horse is around twenty-five or thirty years of age. One year of horse age is comparable to 3 years of human age. In other words a 25 year old horse would be comparable to a 75 year old human and a 30 year old horse would be comparable to a 90 year old human.
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.
Happy New Year! The New Year brings with it a determination to better ourselves through goals and resolutions. Sometimes it is easy to get into a rut or do “just enough to get by.”One of the wonderful aspects of this craft is that there is always an opportunity to improve.
We all want to help our horses to be comfortable and sound. As horse owners, farriers and veterinarians it is worth considering some things we have control over (nutrition, exercise, regular trimming and shoeing intervals) and things we have no control over (genetics, congenital defects). It is important that we recognize the things we have little or no control over (and to accept it) and to take responsibility for the things we do have control over that can have a positive influence on the horse.
Reviewed by Jacob Butler CJF, AWCF of Butler Professional Farrier School LLC, January 22, 2014 I enjoyed reading Horse Vet, Chronicles of a Mobile Veterinarian by Dr. Courtney Diehl. It is an easy read with real life stories of what to expect as a horse vet. I think anyone considering the idea of becoming a veterinarian should read this book.
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?
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If you think you want to become a farrier (or know someone who does), this book can help you make that decision. Horse owners will learn the importance of choosing a qualified farrier and how to select the “right” one.
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