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What The Heartland Means To Those That Have Survived It

I have a philosophy of teaching that has been used for centuries with great success. It basically boils down to that you teach in the hardest environment and that makes the reality of the skill actually easier than the training. As one of our shirts has written on the back of it, “The More We…
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How To Handle Your Business From a HHS Graduate

I have been teaching for a very long time. There are some graduates that surprise you, some that make you proud, and some that you would rather not claim. When you see a job that is not as good as it could be from a graduate, you feel bad that you weren’t able to instill…
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Perspectiva y la Industria Herrero del Mundo

Una ves mas esto taducido por mi gran amigo, Emilio Gionatti. La perspectiva es algo realmente interesante. Muchas veces durante mi carrera me eh puesto a pensar sobre esto. Aquí cuento una historia que realmente explica como la evaluación de una misma situación puede tener significados diferentes para distintas personas. Si bien no me ha…
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Perspective and the World’s Farrier Industry.

Perspective is such an interesting thing. I have spent a lot of time thinking about this over my career. Here is a story I heard that really brings home how the evaluation of a situation can have incredibly different meanings to different people. While I haven’t been able to verify this story as true, that…
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Clinic and Contest in Mexico City with Mustad Mexico

My good friend, Emilio Gionatti, CJF, ASF, has translated this blog in Spanish. Read to the end to find the Spanish translation Mi mejor amigo, Emilio Gionatti, CJF, ASF, ha traducido este blog en español. Leer hasta el final para encontrar la traducción al español The clinic and contest in Mexico City for Mustad Mexico…
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Farrier Apprenticeship or Farrier School?

School vs. Apprenticeship. This is a great question and one that I have had a lot of experience with during my 30+ years of shoeing horses. Going to school is the fastest and most comprehensive way to become a competent farrier. There it is, stated clearly and directly, my opinion on how to enter and…
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Calgary Stampede Blacksmith Classic, 2017

. “Put it in the wrong place when you jump-weld and it will stick every time.” These words came from the amazing Jim Poor. It was 1996 during the practice day at the World Championship Blacksmiths Competition in Calgary. I had developed a way to get my heartbar to size, but it depended on jumping…
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Kenny Knowlton, Horseman, Horseshoer, Clinincian and Friend.

Kenny and I at late lunch together in the Villa Park Hotel in Mexico City. 2017 For regular readers of this blog, you know that I like to tell the stories of some of the interesting people that are part of my life. They make such an interesting tapestry and I feel so blessed to…
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First FITS in Argentina. What a great craft we have.

Fabio watching the shoeing Another look at Gabriels shoe HHS Graduate in the middle, Juan Capdepont. Also known as Picasso. Safety first. If you cant find a ladder, a wheeled dolly being held by a kid will always work until is doesn’t Fabio trimming during the clinic Ok, I was able to catch a little…
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