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A.N.COWELL - FARRIER
Farrier Service
 
We provide a professional farrier service to the Lower Hunter Valley region of NSW.

We cater for the needs of all types of shod and barefoot horses.

Regular pre-booked appointments allow us to give your horse the best possible care.

Please 
contact us by phone or email for more information or to arrange an appointment.

Horseshoeing as the name suggests is about the whole horse and not just the feet.

Whatever happens to the feet influences how the horse uses the rest of his body, not just when being worked, but all day every day.

Through care and attention to detail in evaluating your horse, our aim is to maximise your horse's performance and minimise problems.


We cater for the needs of all types of horses, ponies, mules and donkeys.

As well as shoeing and trimming horses in the local area, our forge supplies hand made Clydesdale show shoes by mail order.

We are also available to trim other hooved animals such as stud or dairy cattle, sheep and goats.

When organising a farrier appointment please make mention of any special needs such as stud holes, special shoes, or areas of concern with your horse so adequate time can be allowed when scheduling.

Customers who communicate their horse's needs, have safe suitable facilities, and well mannered horses get excellent value for money from their farrier. 


To enable us to produce a high standard of work it is necessary to have the following:

  •  A safe, sheltered, level work area where the horse will also be relaxed and safe (ideally close to and in view of other horses).
  •  Horses that have been adequately prepared to cope with the shoeing/trimming experience. (Should be relaxed enough to stand for an hour or more without the need to move around each time a foot is put down).
  •  Payment at the completion of each appointment.

A happy farrier will give you the best quality of work he is capable of. In order to keep your farrier happy:

  • Have your horse caught and settled before the farrier arrives
  • Plan so that horses don’t have to be taken away from their mates
  • Ensure your horse is clean and dry and please wait until after shoeing to apply hoof dressing


Working With Your Vet

We promote good Vet/Farrier relations and will work in with your vet when required to effectively manage your horse. We suggest that you encourage your vet to contact us directly to avoid misunderstandings and to ensure your horse recieves the best care.

Your veterinarian should be consulted regarding any lameness.

Treating any problem involves teamwork as each party has something different to offer:
-The horse owner/trainer knows their horse, the vet knows medicine and has diagnostic tools, and the farrier has the knowledge and practical skills to implement whatever shoeing or trimming the diagnosis suggests.

Effective and open communication between the owner, farrier and veterinarian is essential in treating problems as the treatment is often a combination of rest or change in management, drugs and/or surgery, as well as remedial shoeing/trimming.  






Prepare your horse for dealing with farriers, vets and dentists etc. well before the appointment 

Your horse can easily cope with different people and situations if you prepare him weeks and months ahead.

To ensure your horse behaves as he should for the farrier, invest time during the weeks between appointments to help your horse understand what is expected.

Attention to basic ground manners also helps to build the foundation on which your advanced riding is based.

Free up your horse's feet and help him to understand that pressure on the halter should mean something to him:
    Teaching your horse that you can move his feet is essential before progressing to asking him to remain still.

Be as particular with your horse's response to the aids on the ground as you are when you are riding.

Be consistant. Genuinely quiet horses are confident horses. Horses become confident when you are consistant.

Seek assistance to get the results you desire. There are many handy people out there who make their living by helping people help their horses.



Beware of Fads and Gimmicks

As there is no regulation of horseshoeing and trimming in Australia, it is up to horse owners to educate themselves so that they can recognise quality farriery.

Did you know that trade level qualification is the only recognised qualification for farriers in Australia?

Did you know that contrary to popular belief, the much-used term "master farrier" does not refer to any existing qualification. There is an association open to qualified tradesmen called the Master Farriers Association but there are also large numbers of unqualified individuals using the title who have never been members of that group.

Professional farriers have an extensive repertoire of skills to suit all kinds of applications. Beware of anyone claiming to have a single product or technique that is the answer to every situation. Remember if it sounds too good to be true it usually is. 

Farriers...The complete hoofcare providers

In recent times the term "hoof care provider" has become a common term. Most who advertise as hoof care providers only do trimming work. Qualified farriers are trained to perform all tasks from maintenance of bare feet to general shoeing work and specialised remedial cases.
 
Farriers are full time hoof trimmers. Farriers trim every single horse they work on, to restore balance and maintain natural function of the feet. Some remain barefoot while some have shoes applied. 




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