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.
Since horses can make a difference in our lives, and even change us, it is worth considering the real value of horses. Some are valued at thousands of dollars – some are not. While most highly trained and well bred horses are sold by private treaty or at special production sales, a large number are still sold at auction barns.
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.
Recent events have taken a toll on various horse people and animals through this extraordinary drought and fire season that we have experienced in the West. This has prompted people to reexamine their commitment to insurance protection. This could include property, liability, care, custody and control, and equine accident and/or life insurance. Property insurance is required by mortgage companies if […]
So far twenty-six states are said to be suffering under drought conditions during the summer of 2012. Hay has become difficult or impossible to harvest without irrigation in those states. Prices for feed are higher than ever. Lack of forage is a big concern – but so is water.Horses will consume as much as 60% […]
Recently I was discussing the state of the farrier business with one of the most financially successful farriers I know who is located in one of the best areas in the country for farrier service. In the midst of the current business depression, deepened by an incumbent federal anti-business administration, times are tougher than he […]
Only about 10% of snakes native to the U. S. are poisonous. Most of these are in the West and South. However, rattlesnakes are found in all the lower 48 states except Maine. Australia has the most poisonous snakes, spiders, scorpions, and jellyfish. Fortunately, when I visited there it was in the winter (our summer)! Several […]
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 […]
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