Monday, January 12, 2015


The trade we look at today is the trade of Blacksmith, an almost completely lost art today. The blacksmith could fabricate, fix, build and adjust. Also, it was common for blacksmith to shoe horses, as they had the tools to make and fit the shoes properly. This picture is from 1937 and shows a horse being shod in a blacksmith shop 


  1. That is an eve more interesting picture once you count the legs showing :-)

  2. People think blacksmithing is a dead profession, but I'll bet you have a machine shop / welder not too far from you.

  3. I've seen a lot of horses shod, and this is the 1st time i've seen it done while tying up the horses hoof with a rope!
    Usually the farrier braces the hoof between his/her knees -
    but that is a BIG horse, i guess it was easier this way.
    Thanks for the great photos.

  4. Farrier statistics

    There are more than 25,000 farriers in the U.S. In contrast, the UK, with a population one-fifth of the United States’ has one-tenth the number of farriers (2,500) because the government legislated registration process makes it legally mandatory for farriers to register before performing farriery work.

    In general, countries where farriery is unregulated (anywhere but the UK), there will be more farriers. Though this statistic would suggest that farriers in the UK would be in much higher demand than in other countries, the answer is not so simple. Yes, UK farriers are in high demand because there aren’t so many of them and the certification process they went through acts as a stamp of approval, which makes horse owners more trusting of their services, but farriers in other countries are also in high demand if their experience and training proves them out.

    Farriers work with all different horses—racing, showing, recreation, etc.—all across the country, wherever people own horses. Using the statistics for the U.S. as an example, of the 700,000 who are employed in the horse industry, farriers represent 3.5 percent of the total population.

    So now you know where you stand in the horse industry. Hopefully this information helps give you an idea of the horse industry as a whole. Next, we’ll apply some of these statistics to learn about farrier incomes and to discover where farriers can expect to find the highest and lowest salaries.

  5. When I was about six years old my dad took me with him to get a horse shod in Clearmont, Iowa, at a blacksmith shop that had been there since the civil war. the interior looked a lot like this photo and had a huge bellows/fire in the middle for hot shoeing. My dad told me not to forget it as I wouldn't probably see anything like it again. I still remember it clearly and today this same shop is a museum.