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Farriers inspect, trim and shape horses' hooves, and form, fit and nail horseshoes.


  • selects metal stock for job requirements
  • heats metal in forges and furnaces and hammers, punches and cuts metal using hand tools and machine presses
  • tempers and hardens finished articles by quenching in oil or water baths or by cooling gradually in air
  • prepares horses' hooves for shoeing, nailing horseshoes to hooves, and trimming hooves.


  • physically demanding
  • stressful
  • working outdoors.

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