What is a Farrier?

Farrier comes from the Latin root ferrum, or "iron." A farrier is a professional who learns the art and craft of trimming and shoeing horses hooves. This profession is closely related to the blacksmithing profession in that farriers learn to work with steel. 

One of the jobs of the military farrier, according to the National Army Museum, was to take care of the sick and wounded horses. In some ways, the job consisted of that of a veterinarian as well as a hoof care professional. Over time there was a divide between the tasks of the veterinarian and the farrier. Today's farrier and veterinarian have a working relationship, joining as a team to tackle pathologies and lameness via medical interventions and therapeutic shoeing.


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