KER Friday Video: From the Farrier’s Perspective

What does life look like from the farrier’s point of view? Now you can experience the full shoeing process thanks to this head-mounted camera.

We all pick our horses’ feet regularly, and some of us might even do our own trims or basic shoeing. But for the average horse owner, we don’t really know what life looks like from the farrier’s perspective — just how much time is spent bent over the hoof to make sure everything is exactly as it should be.

This video has some time-lapse effects to include the whole process in just a few minutes; the entire video with no effects can be found here.

Thinking back to when a farrier let me rasp a hoof to see what it was like, I realized that while I assumed it was one’s back that would hurt the most, it was actually the thighs that were the most engaged. Thinking about the physics of shoeing horses for upwards of eight hours a day gives farriers all of my respect!

How often is a horse's shoes reset?

Extremely fascinating.

Posted by Mind Freaking Blown on Sunday, March 11, 2018

Thank your farrier when you see him or her next! Whether your horse goes barefoot or needs particular specialized shoeing or somewhere in between, you have a hoofcare professional to thank for your horse’s soundness.

Go riding!

Kentucky Equine Research is the Official Equine Nutritionist of the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018. This week, Kentucky Equine Research staff flew over from the U.S. to process the European feeds gathered at the consolidation point. They’re taking inventory, collecting samples for naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) analysis, and repairing bags damaged in transit, before packing it all into two 40-ft. refrigerated shipping containers.

Overall, they’re importing about 120 different feeds from nearly 20 European brands and will be offering an around 20 different feeds from a selection of U.S. brands as well. In addition, Kentucky Equine Research is coordinating with the federations, Peden, Dutta Corp., and U.S. regulatory agencies to facilitate the shipment of additional feeds with the horses, since in many cases final team selections are made after ocean freight containers depart to reach the U.S. in time for the competition.

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