The Rules of Your Farrier

Stephen J  Dowdell

Dorking, United Kingdom

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“My rules they are simple for both client and me
And if followed by the letter my service I can guarantee
You book in advance or after the work is done
And ring the day before to find the time I will come
The time you are given is the time I lift the foot
So you had better be early or you will have to re-book
Feet and legs should be clean, with your instructions made clear
So don’t leave it till I’ve finished or you will get a thick ear
The horse should stand level on ground that is firm
Which is dry from the rain and away from things that burn
Good light is required from the girth to the ground
Not a sixty watt bulb with cobwebs all around
Hung from the rafters ten foot in the air
So I can’t see the feet that I want to pare
If the horse starts kicking where I may get hurt
I’m a farrier not a hero, so get another berk
I don’t hit horses, I will leave that up to you
But if you want the horse broken, an extra fee will be due
Tea or coffee is welcome for each horse that I shoe
As we farriers dehydrate with the work that we do
I can clean up afterwards if you leave me a brush
But there’s no guarantee if I’m in a rush
When ringing me please do it in the working day
If there is no answer I’ll ring you back anyway
Don’t ask for a booking after the hour of four
Nor on a weekend at my home or forge door
If you pay me after the work is done
When you shout your in trouble, I will come
But if you want to borrow money go to a bank
Or wait till I can afford to put diesel in the tank
These rules are simple I hope you agree
They fit those of you who are busy and definitely me
As it makes me efficient and keeps me on course
For the service you require, that’s shoeing your horse.”

‘Ricky Gache’ Farriers

Canon 5D Mark II – EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

Shooting Mode – Program AE
Shutter Speed – 1/100
Aperture Value – 3.2
ISO speed – 100
Focal Length – 200.0mm
Image Quality RAW

Newdigate Village , Dorking-UK

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