NATIONAL FARRIERS WEEK
The second week in July recognizes National Farriers Week. The week encourages horse owners, riders, and trainers to say thank you to the specialists in equine hoof care. These skilled technicians trim and balance horse hooves and, if necessary, equip the horse with shoes.
The word “farrier” comes from the French word “ferrier,” meaning “blacksmith.” Originating from ancient Latin, Ferrum, means “iron.” The art of Farriery means the shoeing of horses. The trade is believed to have been date as far back as the Roman Empire.
According to The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average salary in 2019 for a farrier in the U.S. was $23,180. The agency expects there will be a 22% job growth through 2026. Compared to other professions, the statistic suggests a more substantial increase than any other segment.
Healthy Hoof, Healthy Horse
The job of a farrier requires training, skill, hard work, and dedication to keep horses’ feet sound and healthy. Most farriers start as apprentices. However, post-secondary schools teach the craft and equip students to be registered farriers.
While they are not veterinarians, farriers provide indispensable treatment to horses for for several reasons. A horse’s feet are vital to their overall health. Farriers evaluate the condition of a horse’s foot by identifying issues early to provide corrective treatment.
A farrier knows how a horse’s legs and feet are affected by wear, stress, trimming, excessive moisture, and periods of inactivity. Their knowledge not only leads to healthy horses, but gives the horse owner long-term enjoyment of their horse.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalFarriersWeek
Throughout the week, learn to recognize good farrier work. Those who do will be improving the care of their horses, while also becoming more knowledgeable custodians. If you know a farrier, express your appreciation to him or her.
Use #NationalFarriersWeek to join the conversation on social media.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL FARRIERS WEEK
The American Farriers Journal founded National Farriers Week in 1998 to draw attention to the dwindling workforce and the high expectation for being a professional farrier.
In announcing the first National Farriers Week in 1998, the purpose stated: “to honor farriers who pay attention to detail, approach their work in a professional manner, seek to improve their skills, are thoughtful toward clients and take great pride in doing what’s in the best interest of the horse.”