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Portrait Of A Female Farrier: Whitney Roberts

Interview and photo shoot with the fierce female farrier and photographer Phyllis Burchett.

May 19, 2020

Western photographer Phyllis Burchett sees photo opps everywhere. While farrier Whitney Roberts was shoeing Phyllis’ horses, she asked Whitney if she could photograph her.

The result? Images of a powerhouse female farrier doing what she loves.

Photo by Phyllis Burchett.

We spoke with Whitney about her experience as a farrier as well as her shoot with Phyllis Burchett. Here’s what she had to say:

CG: What is a typical day in the life of a farrier?

WR: It’s great; you get to be outside and work on horses. If that’s what you like.

Photo by Phyllis Burchett.

CG: What’s it like being a female farrier?

WR: No different than being a male farrier, I guess. Some people do doubt you because you are a girl. Just got to prove them wrong.

Photo by Phyllis Burchett.

CG: Farriers contribute greatly to the Western industry. What can non-farriers do to support farriers?

WR: Have the horses standing there waiting on us, and not try to tell us how to do our job.

Photo by Phyllis Burchett.

CG: What would you say is your proudest moment as a farrier?

WR: When a horse walks in lame, but walks out sound.

Photo by Phyllis Burchett.

CG: How did your photo shoot with Phyllis Burchett come to be, and how did it go?

WR: She called me to work on her horses and asked if she could take pictures. I said, “Of course,” and it went great. She does an awesome job and it was fun!

Whitney Roberts has her career in the bag; horseshoeing is one of the most lucrative careers in the Western industry. In fact, it’s at the top of our list of highest-paying equine careers.

For more information about farriers and horseshoeing, visit the American Farrier’s Association website.

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