Farrier Peter O'Connell
Dunmanway - West Cork
Shoeing Irish Cob Mare Bailey at Ballicummisk Riding School
Scroll down and find Peter explaining what he does on the shots below ...
and a short interview about how Peter became a farrier at the end of this website
"Rounding off the foot"
"Cleaning out the sole"
"Cleaning out the sole" : Close up Shot
"Trimming the wall (of the hoof) with a pair of snipes"
"(Nearly) ... finished / tucking in the clips" ... this is twisting off and turning inwards the end of the nails
"Shavings aflying ..."
"Rounding off" (grinding the hoofs wall to meet the outer shape of the shoe)
"Shoes and nails"
"Clinching the nails with a Crocodile Snipes"
"Trimmed foot ready for a shoe"
"Sizing up a shoe"
"Nailing on ..."
"Ringing off the points of the nails"
The 200 Seconds Interview
How did you get into doing this job?
Peter: "I was in college doing Wildlife Biology. I was in a pub on a Friday and met a man named Sean. He told me he was working as a farrier and that he was looking for an apprentice. I went with him on that Saturday just to check it out. We came to the first yard and I put the apron on and went under the the first horse and never looked back since. I pretty much fell into it. I never had worked with horses before. We kept a few horses at home but that was about it."
For how long are you in that job now?
Peter: "I am doing it now for 5 years."
Have you ever been kicked badly?
Peter: "By (an Irish) Draft mare. I had my collarbone broken, a hairline fracture and a dislocated shoulder all in one go."
Peter: " ... only that I did not take it up sooner. I am qualified now since 1.5 years."
If you want to get in contact with Peter, here is his email address:
or browse his facebook entry here
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