Are you a farrier?

flickr tony austin

flickr tony austin

The last post referenced keglers.  (Some of you were waaay off on that one–shame on you)  

Farrier is another word that has been around for a while. 

A farrier is a specialist in equine (horse) hoof cares including the trimming and balancing of a horse’s hoof and the placing of horseshoes.   In past time, farriers and blacksmiths were usually the same person.  

Some data says the term is derived from the Latin word for iron, which is ferrum.  The symbol on the periodic table is FE.

Don’t confuse the word with harrier, which is an old word for a cross-country runner.

Note: Word spellchecker does not know the word farrier.


7 responses to “Are you a farrier?

  1. I knew that one, I knew that one!!!

  2. You get a gold star.

  3. Woody Woodward

    Never much enjoyed throwing horse shoes. Just couldn’t get a fair kick out of it.

  4. patkolomester

    I am a farrier and I have had difficulties trying to make my clients understand the difference between farrier and blacksmith.

  5. Hi Pat
    I ihope my post can help.

  6. It helps to drink beer.

  7. patkolomester transalates into English roughly as master of horseshoeing 🙂
    Beer or wine seem to be highly effective linguistic lubricants.