Since horses with bad feet can lose their ability to properly function, the thousands of farriers across North America deserve to be specially recognized once a year, so once again it’s time to say a special thanks.
Show your appreciation by following basic good horsemanship protocols, including:
- Providing a level, clean and well-lit work area for handling hoof-care needs.
- Having horses properly cleaned and ready prior to your farrier’s arrival.
- Having someone available to keep nervous or ill-behaved horses calm during appointments.
- Training your horses to be comfortable with having their feet handled.
- Working with your farrier to develop a regular hoof-care schedule.
- Taking the time and making the effort to say “thanks” for a job well done.
Doing these things demonstrates appreciation to your farrier and ensures your farrier has a good work environment to get the job done. It’s a winning combination for you, your farrier and your horse.
Horse owners who really want to show a special appreciation can download a certificate of recognition by going to www.americanfarriers.com/ff/certif on the American Farriers Journal website.