Sunday, November 25, 2007
Speedy Recovery Wishes to Farrier Allen Smith
Some horses in Massachusetts have had to allow a stranger to pick up their hooves lately. Forgive them if they're restless; some of these horses have never even known another farrier. That will be the case today when a Dutch Warmblood named Iabony lifts his big feet for Tom Maker, who'll be helping out a friend.
Allen Smith normally shoes for a very select client list; his list hasn't changed much over the years. But right now, Allen is recovering from cataract surgery and a detached retina, so Tom and some other farriers are lending their able hands for an old friend.
Allen is known, of course, as the former president of the American Farrier's Association and its de facto ombudsman. But he really does shoe horses when he's not quoting Roberts Rules of Order.
The AFA has always depended on Allen to see things clearly and he hopefully will be doing that again very soon.
(I've known Allen so long that the photos of him in his file with the magazine are black and white!)