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?
©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:
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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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