I think it is a surprise to a lot of people that blacksmiths still exist. It brings forth the image of a smokey shed with bellows and an anvil.
Now they travel in trucks pulling customized trailers filled with the tools of their trade. They are a most important part of the equation that keeps a horse sound and happy. If you've had a bad one, you know how important.
My farrier will be here this morning. I see my farrier often, but mostly I see his backside, as that is the anatomical part facing me. As he has gotten older, it has become smaller. Completely opposite of myself, sad to say.
He has been my farrier for nearly fifteen years. I have gone though, in his life, three home purchases, three boys growing up, a couple of dogs dying, the loss of hair and three trucks with him. Because of the concentration of time the farrier spends at one time with you, you really get to know one another. Before Mark started working at home I saw the farrier more than I saw Mark.
Farriers are also the carrier of news. A farrier will know everything going on in the community. Sort of like the town crier.
So this morning I'll get my horse's tootsies trimmed and all of the news fit to tell. Sounds like a great way to spend a morning.