Farriers (Blacksmiths)

No hoof - no horse. Long toe, high heel syndrome, crooked rider, crooked saddle. They all show up as wear and tear on the hoof and shoe. Shoes are one of the three metal components used when riding the horse. Farriers are the podiatrists for the horse, with the knowledge and experience to evaluate how the horse balances himself. While keeping up with the latest technology, the farrier is entrusted with the responsibility of balancing the horse. Some farriers are riders and also understand bits and the saddle. Now, more and more farriers are educating themselves on saddle fit – to understand the effect (when the horse is moving) of the metal on the horse’s back. Saddlefit 4 Life® helps farriers educate their clients about important principles of saddle fit in relation to balancing the horse.