Horses need shoes too

Local Condobolin farrier Graham (Spud) Whiley, fitting ‘Merlin’ with some new shoes. OMAdvertorial

Most people will agree that holding up the leg of a several hundred kilogram horse while you upgrade its footwear is not the easiest job in the world.

But according to local farrier Graham (Spud) Whiley, maintaining a horse’s feet is one of the most important aspects of owning one.

Spud began farrier work 13 years ago after a problem with one of his own horses hooves sparked an interest in learning how to treat such cases.

He then enrolled in a three year farrier and blacksmith course at Scone in NSW, which involved extensive study of horse anatomy and hoof function as well as lameness problems and corrective shoeing.

Spud also had the opportunity to work alongside vets where he has learned to interpret scans and x-rays as well to correspond with vets and chiropractors.

With a family that has been involved in Pony Club for many years, Spud has had a vast amount of experience with horses and this shows in his calm and confident manner when handling them.

Spud works with horses of all shapes and sizes and is happy to travel to do so.

He currently travels to clients in Parkes, Forbes, Tottenham, Trundle, Tullamore and Lake Cargelligo.

You can make an appointment with Spud by giving him a call on 0427 480 325 or 02 6896 2210.


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