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Chatting with a farrier

Published: October 11, 2013, 11:44 am, by Bill Radford

I talked yesterday with Linda Browneller, who lives in Palmer Lake and is a Certified Journeyman Farrier. Proper foot care is critical to a horse’s well-being, and finding a good farrier to provide that care is key.

Browneller had an interesting introduction to the art of horseshoeing. Her grandfather shoed his own horses. And since he lost an arm in a hay baler, Browneller served, literally, as his right hand when he was shoeing.

She has been a farrier for more than 20 years. She likes being her own boss, likes “playing” with the┬áhorses. But the job has its dangers, too, dealing with an animal that outweighs you by a thousand pounds.

You can read more about Browneller at her website, www.farrierresource.com, and learn more about farriers in my next column on Tuesday.