What is Good Horse Shoeing?
How long does it take to become capable of good shoeing?
After the first couple of years experience, shoeing quality becomes dependent on individual ability, providing the man is working full time shoeing. The average farrier/blacksmith will do over 7000 hooves a year, so the opportunity to develop his skills is obvious. There is no doubt that the older, more experienced a man is, the better his work should be. However, it's best to judge each individual shoeing.
With the vast number of horses around today, the need for more blacksmiths is being met. These men learn their profession either from school courses which usually run for three months duration, or by apprenticing with another blacksmith. This usually runs from one to three years. The difference is obvious between the two systems but it should also be noted that there are men from both systems doing good work.
The main ingredients for good shoeing are:
It's worth noting that I have personally known individuals that have shod for many years and the work never became anything but ordinary simply because they were content to get paid and that was their main motivation. I've also seen individuals that had been shoeing for only 5-6 yrs. that were excellent because of their passion for this trade.Written by: John Emsley