may need a Big Gun Farrier if ....
How Do I Find This Paragon?
Well, who was it that
told you your horse needed this special work? Your vet or farrier, right?
Ask your vet first. Ask specifically for a name, a phone number, and for
your contact to call this farrier and ask him/her to take you as a client.
Many farriers with this kind of skill specialize in therapeutic shoeing,
and will only take clients as a referral from a veterinarian or fellow
If your veterinarian
doesn’t know anyone, or hesitates to recommend any one particular person,
telephone the nearest school of veterinary medicine and find out if
they have someone on staff who does therapeutic shoeing (they do). Talk
to this person, and find out if s/he can recommend someone in your area.
You can also check with the American
Farriers Association and find out if there is anyone in your area
whom they would recommend.
there’s no one in your area, you may want to consider a dual approach:
load Hoofer up and take him to the school’s veterinary farrier, and
bring your farrier along (offering to pay for his time, of course).
If he can learn to apply whatever therapeutic device your horse needs
directly from the guru at the university, you will both benefit. No
matter how you approach this problem be prepared to pay more than you
would pay for a “normal” shoeing job. Forging
bar stock into special shoes is time consuming and hard work; the farrier
must charge for it. University farriers are in high demand and can
charge accordingly. If you want your regular farrier to learn new skills,
you’ll have to figure on paying for his time, at least. But the end
result may be a sound, rideable horse. That’s worth it, isn’t it?