Do you remember that time when you were out in public and ran into a rude person? You know, the guy or lady that ruined your day or gave it their best shot? Did you ever wonder why they had to be like that? I think it’s important to be nice to everyone, especially people that are in thankless jobs. Even if they do their jobs perfectly, they rarely get any acknowledgement or appreciation for it. When you do run into these fine folks please be pleasant. Most of the people they see during their day are rude, unpleasant and don’t want to be there. I’d encourage you to just take one minute to say hello, ask them how there day is going, and say thank you. Everyone wants to be appreciated. Be nice- it will go farther than you think. Making a difference doesn’t take that much effort, actually. It won’t take much of your time to totally change someone’s day, and in turn you can make a positive change in his or her life. No matter who you are or where you are, there is someone that could use your help. Take shopping carts, for example. Do you have to put them away when you’re done with them? No. Is there someone who will do it if you don’t? Yes. To me that is at the same level as spitting your gum or chew in the urinal; there’s nothing illegal about it, but you are making someone else’s life harder because of your laziness. We have enough people pulling this great country down, it all starts with each one of us doing our part. You might not be able to change the world but if you help someone who needs it, you will most definitely change theirs. It’s easy to fall into the negative spiral, with all the news about our country on social media these days. Political opinions, scandals, crime, mass killings, and overall lack of humanity can dominate the news feed. At times it can seem like we Americans are not on the same team at all. However, if you would go outside, look around and talk to your neighbors, I think you would agree we are doing a lot better than the news would lead you to believe. I know we are all busy and are usually in a hurry, but let’s not let that be an excuse not to be good to people. When each of us, in our individual, daily efforts strives to make a difference, it truly does make a big impact. America needs us! God bless America. Lee Olsen Hoof Care [...]
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Have you ever experienced someone taking offense at being told how they were supposed to do something? I have witnessed it a lot, and it can especially true with farriers. I’ve heard people complain about how a horse owner insisted on a certain way to shoe the horse, or a horse trainer who thinks he can shoe is going to tell you how to do it. Of course, I’ve had it happen to me, but what I’ve decided is that even if working together is complicated, it’s worth it. I’ve found that if you want to succeed, it takes a team. From the vet and the farrier, to the owner and trainer, each one has an important job to do. I believe that trying to be open-minded and maintaining good lines of communication is key, always keeping in mind that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.” As an equine professional, having a horse at its’ very best is the number one goal for our team. Horses can’t speak English, and I feel we should be listening for every opportunity for them to tell us there’s a problem. Of course, no one likes being told how to do their job, but it’s important to keep the common goal in view. Each member of the team has an important role. A veterinarian can contribute a lot to your team, but the only problem is that they only get to see the horse when there is an issue or if maintenance is due. Your farrier should ideally see your horses 9-10 times a year. They might be able to notice if anything is out of the ordinary and be able to recognize some early warning signs. Some of these would include if a horse is sore here or there, doesn’t want to stand normally, or if there is a foot or leg problem. When I’m problem solving a horse’s issue, I find it very helpful to be able to work together with the owner and vet toward a solution. The owner, trainer, or groom gets to see that horse every day, and in some cases, all day every day! There is a lot of value in the day-to-day view. They know what kind of day the horse has been having, if the horse been eating and drinking normally. They are familiar with inconsistencies in performance, or if the horse spends its’ days crabby and performing poorly. Even if the owner or trainer is unfamiliar with the technicalities of veterinary care or hoof care, they can recognize red flags and it can really save the horse by relaying the information. Each [...]
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Have you ever looked at a terrible shoeing and thought to yourself, “That horse must be hard to shoe?” Usually, the first reaction seems to question what the farrier did wrong or what he could have done better. You rarely hear anything about how bad the situation may have been, or that maybe the horse was really difficult and dangerous to shoe. Perhaps the conditions could have been windy, raining and the farrier was standing in mud or snow. Maybe it was the farrier’s last horse of the day and he was worn out, or maybe a parade went by. Whatever the case may be, no one cares why the horse was shod wrong. I believe that setting yourself up for success before you start anything in life is very important. Take shoeing horses, for example. I believe if you want to protect your reputation, a farrier should never put himself or herself in any of the situations listed above. The chances of success in those situations are very low, and I believe you always need to do a high-quality job, no matter what. That’s one of the reasons why I only shoe on concrete or rubber mats- it’s simply easier to do a good job. So how can we set ourselves up for success? On the part of the horse owner, sometimes it’s a reality that a horse will be challenging to shoe. I think every horse owner has probably owned a horse that’s difficult to work on. In these cases, you can either work with them or sedate them. Alternately, one controllable factor is the shoeing environment. If your shoeing area has grass that’s knee-high, soft ground, or obstacles and distractions, you’re putting your farrier in a no win situation. For farriers, I realize that when you’re first getting started, you’re going to end up in some undesirable situations. But with some thought and ingenuity, you can cost-effectively turn some of the worst situations into good situations. One easy way we ensure a good situation is through the use of rubber mats. A few rubber mats can make any shoeing area a lot better and easier on everyone. Pretty affordable and they could also double as a wash area, too! Don’t forget about the twine! Don’t have a good place to tie your horse up? You can cross tie your horse to about anything if it has twine on the ends, if there is an issue the twine will break. Cross ties are my personal favorite, and you can easily install them between stalls, rafters, trees, etc. Having a good shoeing area and horses that are easy to [...]