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    South Woodstock, Vermont
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    Hobby Blacksmithing, Historic research esp. Blacksmith shops and barns, tools, farming, trains, Military History.
    anything a retired country boy decides to have an interest in. Hunting, Competitive Shooting, Horses & Carriages, Travel.

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  1. Oh yes there are. I live about 4 miles from a large horse Assoc. here in VT I read this week they hold 200 events on their grounds from mid April to late Oct and that doesn't include individuals using areas for training. these will be 80%+ under 40 and big $$. Some weekends with a 3 day event there will be 100 or more Truck and large AC trailers go by my place all well over $100,000 and they aren't carrying E-bay horses either. But at the same time we were driving around the surrounding area yesterday and passed 3 large horse "Farms" with large beautiful horse barns, round pins and fully enclosed arenas nicely fenced pastures and turn outs, empty and for sale. These aren't but 5-6 yrs old either multi Million $ places huge houses. Dreams of somebodies down the drain. So there is a calling for Farriers and Vets but their degrees and certificates will be looked closely at before they pick up a hoof, right or wrong that is the way of the world. Now keeping a backyard horse or two has gotten prohibitive for the kids with costs of farriers, vets, Hay at $5 a sq. bale, grain to say nothing of tack. I've heard of a couple horse 4 H clubs giving up because of so few kids with horses now that would be in 4 H. Now this is just my corner of the world which has a lot of corners. As Thomas says there are Farriers of all ages who have given up because of injuries short and long term not a matter of if just when.
  2. I would also love to have one in my shop, last one I saw he "would take $2500 for it", he still has it. I used one many times to caulk up shoes many moons ago. We had moved ours from the lean-to blacksmith shop to the carriage restoration shop and it disappeared when everything was moved in 1962. It was our go to vise in that shop.
  3. Amen to that. If he wants longer ramps buy new longer This makes the most sense just looking for trouble adding onto ramps for HD equipment in my opinion
  4. "Most" I don't think so certainly not in my area, I know one who does and uses it as a "Marketing Idea". Time is money in any business, use premade or keg shoes and you can do 3? times more horses a day. A lot cheaper for the horse owner this way and the cost of keeping horses is getting very high. Keep us posted on this event, please.
  5. take it easy and do the recovery right the first time. Remember your body has had a major shock today so let it do it's thing in it's own time. Read Read and read some more.
  6. I've been searching historic sights, History Centers. Library of Congress Photos, local History societies for yrs. looking for and getting some original photos of working Blacksmith shops both inside and out including my Great Grandfather's in about1900. Quite interesting. Most of these would answer your questions. Where are you located that makes a difference on building materials. in 1910 there were 1801 horses in my home town and 26 blacksmiths and at least 2 wheelwrights and 4 blacksmith shops and 1 wheelwright shop all within sight of each other. All but one are still here today but none being a shop. 1 includes an active Ghost! Seen by many in the last 75 yrs. Want info like this you need to search under the surface in the dirt and dust of Old Archives. Most of this has been chucked into the dust pan of time. on a side note I've spent yrs. stopping at old farms and shops when I see them while traveling and asked to see what was still inside to photo and/or ask about what anyone knew about shops or Barns in general. For yrs. people would welcome me or tolerated me and usually let me do it, in the last 5 yrs. a lot of "No" or "go away before I call the police". I usually say here is my card call the police ask them to do a search on me still I get "go away". So a lot more info and history is being lost. Changing times. A friend and class mate asked recently "Do you live in the past" and I replied I live with the past as much as I can to preserve it for the future. Same thing he says, sorry it isn't.
  7. No, the top wheel wasn't there when it was taken apart, I asked the same question at the time, Transportation if you get it you will need a P/U as it is heavy. That is well made. Not sure what you mean about lay out of the land, if you mean the Fair Grounds it is Large & Flat.
  8. OH OH you let out my secret will be lucky if they sell me any tickets this year. I've found a couple pictures of the drill press JLP, I was told it was operating when the guy I got it from cleaned out the owners cabinet shop after he had gone to a nursing home.
  9. Fjords seem to be the most adaptable horses around. My cousin had a few and one mare wouldn't do anything he wanted her to do while in a cart but when his 90% blind young daughter had the lines she was perfect never a drop of trouble anywhere on the road or in the ring.
  10. Judson: Something like this for the contest? Was on the Blacksmith Shop or OX Shed they call it at Quechee Village Antique place in VT a few yrs. ago. Not sure the latch is still there now that it has become a working Blacksmith Shop again.
  11. I wasn't going to get in on this conversation but had to add my 2 cents worth. Race Tracks in the states RACE Counter Clock Wise, England and many of her early Colonies Clock Wise from what I've seen. US Standard Bred Trotters & Pacers are "Warmed up" before racing a couple times and that is done Clock wise so when you swing the horse counter it knows its race time. We were trained to always approach a horse from it's left side "Near" always speak to the horse before touching always harness, saddle, doctor it from that side. Now when harnessing you are on both sides to get everything correct esp. when "Putting To" the vehicle. With a team/pair we if they came to us as a pair we kept them the way they came as we had them to sell and fooling around with a good going pair wasn't a smart idea. But if they weren't going well the first thing we did was swap sides worked sometimes and others not. Often one horse just didn't get along with the other one esp. if it was lazy. The old saying "two willing horses, one willing to pull the load and the other willing to let him." Matching up another horse worked sometimes others it didn't. Horses esp. ones with a little age are a accumulation of their past, how they have been used, (not all trainers can train) who trained them, their whole baggage. Many horses ruined by humans passed through our sales barn. We saved some, some we couldn't. Are they right or left hoofed? Never seen one throw a baseball or write a letter. Some have trouble with one lead or the other some seem smoother going one way of a ring not noticed outside the ring. Dressage Horses are certainly ambidextrous from training. Putting a pair together using L & R hoofed horses never a consideration or concern we had trouble putting Mares & Gelding together for fancy driving but work teams worked OK usually. This is my experience from 55+ yrs and a few hundred horses, I asked my wife about the L & R as her family had many horses Hackneys to Quarter Horses over 3 generations and she laughed at the question!
  12. I have a large number of bits many similar in design as this one and used some with the last of our horses. Value? other than the new ones I bought for certain horses most came to me at $0 to $20. Mexican? In my area it wouldn't add anything to the value.
  13. Good luck Thomas knee power headed your way, read a lot of books. Dale
  14. You might NOT want to have your wife hear "Playing" in conversations about you hobby as it will become "Oh he is out playing around in his shop" never hear the end of it.
  15. it would appear this is one of those subjects where there are plenty of ideas & opinions along with experiences to make each one correct in their users minds and for each ones' applications weather it is 10 nails or 7 or 4 or glue to be all correct as long as the shoes stays on and the horse goes straight down the road/trail. There is the old story about "for the want of a nail a shoe is lost, for the want of the shoe a horse was lost, for want of a horse a soldier was lost, etc. till the war was lost." So horse shoe nails are not and were not a trivial matter. Just My Opinion!