JD, that sure as heck was worth reading, interesting as heck too, given the situation.
There's a lot of fuss made over and sometimes between farriers as I have seen over the years, further complicated by the nature and extreme sensitivity of the work itself.
The fuss is sometimes made by those who do not know this trade/craft, lots of opinions based on nothing, the whole equine world or that particular sector of it, stables that cater to showing, and similar.
You take a person like yourself, and apply the knowledge and experience, a lot or most from long ago, passed on, really exhibits how detailed the work is, the ability required, as well as the knowledge and experience. I've held horses and worked with farriers quite often when at the barn for seasonal things, all the horses getting done or specific work, its incredible what they do, especially when done as best as can be done, humanly possible, even more so when things are complicated like that abscess, founder and anything in that part of the horse anatomy, it sure does not take much to go wrong down there to cause major problems. I've seen them down in the stall writhing in pain from similar or the same kind of problem, both vet and farrier working together. Though I'm sure you have other interests, likely more than enough to do with the endeavors you pursue currently in agriculture, sure sounds like even if you were to participate as an adviser with someone else doing the work as you oversee it, these people would be happy to compensate you well, given the results you were able to achieve and not to forget the relief some of those horses must have gotten from getting things corrected. I've never understood how these guys have any kind of back left after doing that work for many years, heck, I have a hard time with just picking and cleaning the hooves, especially if one wants to toss you around or fight you about it, we had a couple that were always fidgety, just wreaks havoc on the back when one pulls or pushes you in a funny direction, others being calm about it makes it so much easier. I used to do 20 horses a day at peak, to keep thrush at bay, very clean and picked over stalls with dry bedding and I still had thrush in varying degrees, could never trust the help to clean, check and or treat for thrush on every one, usually easy to eradicate, but let one go far enough, each one needed to be looked over daily, could never really figure out why so many had it, be it mild or a little worse, pastures being muck, winter weather, but very clean dry stalls and regular hoof cleaning, even one of the riders said the same, eventually once the spring weather hit it occurrences of it dissipated, sure makes a lot of work though.
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