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Why Team SmartPak Loves Their Farriers

In honor of National Farriers Week, we asked a few of our Team SmartPak riders to answer a few questions about why they love their farriers. Check out what they had to say, and then share your own stories in the comments!


From Jennie Brannigan:
Why are you thankful for your farrier?
Steve is one of the most experienced and well-respected farriers on the eventing circuit and I am so grateful that he will shoe my team.

If you could describe your farrier in one word, what would it be?
Unique

Do you have a “superhero farrier” story, about a time when your farrier dropped everything to help you/your horses?
It was very cool for me when Steve and I went to the Pan Am village to get credentials and he has been to so many team events but he knew it was my first time experiencing something like that and he really supported me through the whole traveling reserve situation.



From Boyd Martin:
Why are you thankful for your farrier?
I call him at unusual hours of the day/night and he always responds. He’s helped me and my horses at times when I thought we had no chance at competing, but he was able to apply a unique technique or special shoe that (eased bruising) and made the horse feel instantly better allowing us to compete and keep striving towards our goals.

If you could describe your farrier in one word, what would it be?
Reliable



From Jan Byyny:
Why are you thankful for your farrier?
I’ve been thankful for a lot of different farriers, mostly because every one of them has been reliable, helpful, and has gone out of their way to do the right thing by the horses.

If you could describe your farrier in one word, what would it be?
I’d describe my current farrier, Zeb Foltz, as patient, and so would my horses!

Do you have a “superhero farrier” story, about a time when your farrier dropped everything to help you/your horses?
A few years ago, my four-star horse, Syd Kent, sliced his coronary band so badly that he lost more than half of the front of his foot. The foot not only stopped growing down from the coronet but it started growing up because there was nothing left to direct the growth. Steve Teichman basically put brackets on the front of Syd’s foot and wired it together to direct the hoof wall to go down again. Syd was able to go back to competing at the Advanced level with me, and is now lucky enough to be ridden by Olivia Dutton. He’s 19, and if you looked at his feet today you would never know there had ever been an injury.



From Deanna Searles:
Why are you thankful for your farrier?
We are thankful for the hard work that the farriers do – it takes its toll on your body and I can’t imagine how hard it is on their backs. Our farrier is so compassionate about the horses that he makes sure all are comfortable. We have been blessed with some of the best farriers. Our farriers keep it simple and let the horse tell them how the need to be.

If you could describe your farrier in one word, what would it be?
Our horses would describe him as gentle, and we would describe him as humble.

Do you have a “superhero farrier” story, about a time when your farrier dropped everything to help you/your horses?
We do have a superhero as our farrier! He also goes to a lot of the shows with us, so is a superhero to many.


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