This is just plain cool!
I'm still amazed. I would love to learn even the basics of being a farrier some day. These guys are awesome! :-)
Wow how awesome! I love that they have this... !
I agree, it is cool.
I spent last weekend at the Stockhoffs clinic with Billy Crothers (one of the competitors in that video). He's not only a great farrier but a very good educator and travels the world sharing his knowledge. That was my second opportunity this year to learn from Billy and I can assure any farrier it's always a worthwhile investment of time and energy. You can't go wrong when learning from a five time world champion!
An interesting sidenote is that there are probably a thousand practicing farriers within a one day drive of that clinic. I'd guess there were only about 50 attending farriers and zero horse owners. That's sad considering the clinic was free and even included lunch! Only cost to attend was your travel expense.
There are an estimated 50,000 practicing "farriers" in this country. About 500 attended this years AFA convention in Mobile. About the same number attended last year in Lexington. Typical turnout at the IHCS is around 400. Less than 5% of all farriers are active AFA members. Less than 1% are AAPF (continuing education required) members.
I went to shoe a few horses yesterday for a new client. The horses became nervous when I fired up my forge. The owner shared, "They're not used to that noise. Our old farrier didn't have one." :shock:
And folks wonder why they have a hard time finding competent farriers.
The clinic was free??
Man, that's even cooler.
I'm hoping to attend a shoeing school after I get out of the service(6-10 years from now).
I wonder if my GI bill would cover tuition. ;) jk.
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Mark I agree with you 100% its sad that all these so called "farriers" go around doing what they are doing and not taking into consideration that ones learning can never end, daily we face different challenges and different obstructions in our lives and ones education can never be done. I would be proud to have a true farrier out and have my animals handled properly! My current farrier is pretty good but I doubt he has a ongoing education in his field. If you were anywhere close by to my barn it would be an easy choice for me on who would be out to trim and shoe!
There's another boarder at my barn who has 2 horses that also get shoed by a farrier who uses a forge, so I'll have a couple more chances to have him stand, watch, and get used to the sights and sounds before my farrier comes back!
Mark, if you were in my area, my horse would probably still be wearing shoes.
As for the % of farriers active in the AFA, lets not forget about the BWFA, local farrier associations(most of which are chapters of the AFA though membership to the AFA is not required) and the Guild of Professional Farriers(not sure but may have disbandad due to in-fighting).
Lets also not forget the many other opportunities to aquire continuing ed. There are 40 dates listed for the US in the American Farriers Journal. That's just April-June.
As for AFA membership, most join for benefits. If certification isn't forefront on their list then hopefully the discounts for John Deer or Sherwin Williams will be a draw. I'm certain that losing the Farriers Journal didn't help membership #'s.
Also forgot the Farrier and Hoofcare Resource forums/co-op. That in itself could be considered an association as well as continuing ed.
I wish there was a good school here in Ga...
Great video. Nice to see the best blacksmiths at work.
However, I must put a depressing spin on it, because that's what I do.
How do you hot-fit a shoe, yet end up with a gap in the heel quarter? (7:09)
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