How The Shoes Are Made
The blacksmith's profession is an old one stretching back hundreds of years. Horseshoes are either hand forged or from stock and both types of shoes are made from metal or aluminum and heated and shaped to fit the horses hooves perfectly.
Being a farrier involves some skills of a veterinarian in caring for the horses’ hooves and some of a blacksmith in making, applying and adjusting horseshoes.
Acting as veterinarians, farriers care for hooves by watching for signs of disease or other ill-health. They also watch for potential lameness issues, intervening before a problem occurs.
Farriers maintain hooves by keeping them trimmed. Using tools such as rasps and nippers they cut away the hoof material. It’s an important part of hoof care because it helps maintain foot balance by keeping the feet at the proper shape and length.
All Horseshoes Are Lucky, But Irish Horseshoes Are The Luckiest!
On 28 January 2014, we were lucky enough to be able to watch our friend and farrier/blacksmith at work in his forge in Co. Dublin, Ireland for the first time. It was truly amazing to see. If you listen carefully you can hear him whistle and sing some lyrics to Neil Diamond's 'Comin' To America'......proof to me that he enjoyed our visit! Offering us a 'cuppa' tea at the end is just about as Irish as can be.....and aside from carrying out a tune, he can really bang out a shoe :-)
Video by cebowe
Another little peek of our blacksmith working this past summer, August 2015.
Video credit: Vinny Kelly ~ Co. Kildare