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A blacksmith is a person who creates objects from iron or steel by forging the metal -

using hand tools to hammer, bend, cut and otherwise shape it in its non-liquid form.

Farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's foot.

 Blacksmiths create such products as wrought iron gates, grills, railings, light fixtures, furniture, sculpture, tools, decorative and religious items, cooking utensils and weapons. A skilled blacksmith can, with minimal effort, make a sophisticated product that looks good and demonstrates ingenuity.

A blacksmith who works primarily with horses, especially making and fitting horse shoes, is called a farrier. All ferriers are blacksmiths but not all blacksmiths are farriers.

A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of a horse's hoof so as to fit shoes to the horse's foot. A farrier couples a subset of the blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with a subset of veterinary medicine (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to address the care of the horse's feet.

 

 

 

 

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Bob Fulton Horseshoeing
6070 Old Redwood Hwy # 26, Penngrove, CA 707 664-0924

Brent Cresta Pro Farrier
Santa Rosa, CA 707 528-0782

Don Ellars Horseshoeing
65 Arthur Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 707 838-0983

Raymond Mac Donald
945 Powell Ave, Healdsburg, CA 707 433-4966

Rod Decker Horseshoeing
3975 Joy Rd, Occidental, CA 707 874-2079

Mare's Forge
4412 Langner Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 707 585-9260

Ray Flores Horseshoeing
1200 Ferguson Rd, Sebastopol, CA 707 823-0328

Steve Courtney's Horseshoeing
18507 Riverside Dr, Sonoma, CA 707 935-9709

Tom Meininger's Horseshoeing
Rohnert Park, CA 707 664-0688

Whitney Potter Design
1330 Ross St, Petaluma, CA 707 762-8009

 
 
 
At one time, farrier and blacksmith were all but synonymous. A farrier's work in colonial America or pre-industrial revolution Europe would have included horseshoeing as well as the fabrication and repair of tools, the forging of architectural pieces, etc. Today, farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's foot. For this reason farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related trades.

A farrier's routine work is primarily hoof trimming and shoeing. In ordinary cases it is important to trim each hoof so that it retains its proper orientation to the ground. If the animal has a heavy work load, works on abrasive footing, needs additional traction, or has pathological changes in the foot, then shoes may be required.

Additional tasks for the farrier include dealing with injured and/or diseased hooves and application of special shoes for racing, training or "cosmetic" purposes. In cases of horses with certain diseases or injuries, special reparative procedures may be needed for the hooves, and then special shoes may need to be constructed and fitted.
 
 
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