Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Video: CNN Finds Out What a Farrier Is

Congratulations to Georgia farriers Doug Workman and Dave Purves for a great job introducing a CNN news crew to the finer points of horseshoeing. Explaining the rocker toe was probably too complex for the minute-and-a-half time slot...but maybe they'll be back!

Thanks to Allison Zeger at Farrier Products Distribution for her help with the ornery html code for this video!


RhondaL said...

Great video! Just last night, we watched the "Dirty Jobs" episode with the farrier. Mike Rowe tried his hand at shoeing horses and probably took forever doing it. :)

The farrier he was with said that the Romans were the first to shoe horses. Does that ring a bell?

Fran Jurga said...

Hi Rhonda,

Right! I know the farrier that did that Dirty Jobs episode. As I recall, Mike Rowe was preoccupied with manure?

What do you mean about the Romans? It is known that they put metal shoes on their horses, but they tended to be laced around the pastern, sort of like their own sandals. I'm not sure that they were the first to do that, perhaps the first to record the practice.

Historians still hesitant to say when and where the first nails pierced a hoof. Perhaps British Isles, perhaps Switzerland, depending on the historian. We may never know.

One historian said that the Romans didn't need shoes for their horses until they went outside the Mediterranean, where the hard dry terrain created feet to match. The bogs of northern Europe created flat-footed horses who couldn't be rounded up to march in the Roman columns so something had to be done.

Another historian says there are horseshoe treads inside the cart wheel tracks in Pompei.

So who knows? Fascinating stuff, though.

Anonymous said...

The Greeks where the first to shoe horses with a hypo-sandal as early as 467BC, and the first people to nail shoes o were the European Celts towards the end of the first century BC. We have been developing the art/science ever since, but unfortunately with the manufacture of machine made shoes, the skill level has decreased as more and more farriers decide to apply machine made shoes rather than hand made