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  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody · May 12

    Would I be correct in assuming that they’re standing right in front of the blacksmithy?

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    • Deb Weyrich-Cody · May 12

      And, on second glance, that the smoke is from burning hoof? (And isn’t that a nasty thought:/)

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    • David Bennett · May 12

      What you can see behind the farrier are the stables for the shire horses. The farrier comes to re-shoe the horses every six to eight weeks. He had a van with him (I should have photographed it) that’s just outside the frame, and he had a furnace in there where he heated the irons with gas from a portable calor gas cylinder. He had an anvil for shaping the shoes and he did it all as we watched.

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody · May 12

        Yes, I hadn’t looked at the “closeup” initially… Stable doors are quite obvious 😉

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      • Deb Weyrich-Cody · May 12

        And yes, Farriers are a transient bunch on both sides of the pond, aren’t they 😉

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        • David Bennett · May 12

          I had no idea they were in such high demand, but from talking to the farrier and the staff at the Estate who ride the horses (actually it was Tamara who did most of the enquiring) there are a lot of farriers in the UK and the training takes five years.

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        • Deb Weyrich-Cody · May 12

          Yes, totally the same here in Canada 🙂
          Farriers also know so much about animal health as well…

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  2. Joan E. Miller · May 12

    The horses are called Shires? Never heard of that breed. Draft horses are a favorite of mine.

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