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  • 1. The Farriers Role in the Horse Industry
  • 2. As stewards of the foot of the horse, professional farriers are charged with maintaining the health of the feet so that horses can lead comfortable and productive livesOur job is to maintain the horses foot health so he can be comfortable and productive at his job- robbie
  • 3. Responsibilities1. To work under a horse safely and not harm the animal in your efforts
  • 4. Responsibilities2. To provide:  Foot maintenance  regular trimming and information to client as needed  Protection & wear resistance  shoes  Traction  shoe modifications  Support for the foot and limb as needed  shoes
  • 5. Job descriptionMaintenance of the hoof capsule  Ability to know what to trim and what NOT to trim away  Reduce length and promote growth of vertical depth (foot mass)  Restore shape to general and specific structures in order to optimize function  Equalizing forces of weight  Minimizing compression and tension extremes  Re-establishing blood flow facilitates foot mass
  • 6. Job descriptionTo provide protection and wear resistance  Ability to access job of horse  Ability to match shoe stock type and dimension  Ability to work within age & conformation types  Masterful shoe fitting skill  Ability to modify factory shoes  Ability to make specific shoes  Ability to cover and protect traumatized areas of foot  Making temporary foot packs, using boots
  • 7. Job descriptionTo provide support for the hoof and limb  Knowledge of mechanical function of limb and foot  Ability to work with a variety of materials  Pads  Packing  Sole support  Shock reduction  Traction requirements  Adhesives
  • 8. Skills required for professional status Horsemanship  Working knowledge of general ground principles  Instinctual reactions to situations as a result of the horses development over time  General understanding of the nature and behavioral characteristics of the animal  General understanding of the horses’ learning capabilities  Social influences on behavior from other horses  Rope use and knot tying, restraining methods  General understanding of the physical senses  Sight, hearing, touch
  • 9. Skills required for professional status Horsemanship  General knowledge of the physiology of the horse  Heart rate, respiration rate, general health characteristics and common metabolic disorders  Ability to discern between metabolic and mechanical lameness
  • 10. Skills required for professional status A comprehensive understanding of equine locomotion  Gaits  Gait faults A comprehensive understanding of equine conformation  Its effects on locomotion  Its effects on the hoof capsule  Its effect on blood flow and hoof growth patterns
  • 11. Skills required for professional status A comprehensive understanding of the biomechanics of the lower limb  General knowledge of mechanics  Levers, pulleys, fulcrums, surface area, shock dissipation, weight bearing  Architecture of the hoof and its responses to stimulii  Environment, length, shoes  General understanding of hemodynamics
  • 12. Skills required for professional status A general understanding of mammalian physiology  Bone growth and development  Horn growth and reading the hoof  Soft tissue functions and response to trauma  The relationship of soft tissue to horn  Infections and the inflammatory response
  • 13. Skills required for professional status Gross anatomy  General musculoskeletal orientation  General limb anatomy  Detailed leg and foot anatomy Functional anatomy  Ability to discern between conformation and foot types  Ability to detect and develop a game plan for lameness or remedial situations
  • 14. Skills required for professional status An accurate eye for balance  Length, depth, parallel and perpendicular lines, flat, angles and pairing  Ability to access conformation
  • 15. Skills required for professional status An expert ability to trim and shoe feet for:  Breed specifics  Sport or discipline requirements  Gait faults “remedial shoeing”  Conformation issues “corrective trimming or shoeing  Therapeutic situations “therapeutic shoeing”
  • 16. Skills required for professional status Basic blacksmithing skills relating to farriers  Expert shoe fitting skills  Expert shoe making skills  Ability to weld/ braze steel and aluminum  Basic tool making and maintenance skills
  • 17. Skills required for professional status Service industry business management skills  Communication to clients  Communication to trainers, veterinarians and other industry professionals