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
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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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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