Sunday, September 2, 2012

Amish Farrier Delivers On Site Service

Traveling Amish Farrier Provides Vital Service.

On many occasions I have noticed a strange Amish horse drawn rig on the highway. I didn't think much of it, but over time my curiosity got the best of me. I asked an Amish friend if he knew who was driving the unique  team and wagon. My friend told me that it was the farrier wagon, and that the strange trailer being pulled is the tool wagon. The traveling farrier goes from farm to farm and shoes horses for local farms.

Once I knew what to look for, I began to keep a watch for the farrier, hoping to catch him at his work. At last, this week my vigilance paid off. Yesterday I happened across the traveling farrier while he was shoeing horses.

Amish Farrier Uses Mobile Tool Cart
On the first real full day of rain in months, I caught the farrier working under the roof of a barn at a nearby farm. I asked if I could get some pictures of him at work, and he graciously agreed. From the photo hear you can see the team of Belgian horses he uses to pull his farrier wagon.

He said that he likes doing this work and had relatives that taugt him the trade when he was younger.