farrier cowgirl magazine

Every six to eight weeks your horse should receive a trim by a professional farrier. This is important for maintaining a sound and happy horse. The saying ‘no hoof, no horse’ is definitely true. Not all farriers are equal though! Make sure you find the right one for the job!

Selecting a Farrier

Work Experience: Consider the level of experience in the industry that your farrier has. How long have they been practicing this work? Check to see if they specialize in a certain breed or discipline.

Education: Where did they receive their education? Some go to a certified school for a formal education, while others apprentice under an experienced farrier. No certificate or license are required in the United States, so anyone can trim. You’ll want to make sure they understand horse anatomy and biomechanics.

Horse Handling: It’s important that your farrier knows how to handle and interact with horses. They should be confident while trimming and putting on shoes, if your horse requires them.

Communication: They should be easy to get a hold of, especially in an emergency. You should also feel comfortable asking questions. A good farrier easily explains what they’re doing.

Cost: Don’t consider this factor alone, as good farriers can sometimes cost more. You should ask for prices upfront though.

It can be really helpful to ask around and get recommendations. Your trainer, barn friends, or veterinarian may have the perfect farrier suggestion.