Today was a busy day at the Ranch, with Dewey Campbell, our excellent farrier, busy trimming and putting shoes on all our horses. Â Horses need shoes to protect their feet from rocks and rough surfaces and to correct for uneven growth rates. Â Â Â Dewey trims and balances each foot, and then custom fits a shoe.Â ï¿½
The basic skill of the farrier has not changed in hundreds of years, although now-a-days there are some new materials on the market for specialty needs. Â Each shoe requires between six to eight nails, and the nails range from 1 Â½ inches long to three inches. Â The shoes Dewey uses are made from cold rolled steel.
Dewey has been shoeing horses for 21 years and received his education at the Oklahoma Farrier College.Â Â He comes to the ranch every six to eight weeks. Â Â If heâ€™s here when you visit be sure to take a peek at his work â€“ it is a very important part of horse keeping.