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Are you a farrier?

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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.