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Horse Farriers in Ethiopia
 By Winniefield Park   •   4th Jul 2019   •   148 views   •   0 comments


Car tires, wood nails, knives and mallets. These are the tools used by farriers in Ethiopia for shoeing the horses and donkeys that are essential to their owners’ livelihoods. After trimming with a knife and mallet, sections of old car tires are nailed to the hoof to protect them from the roadways as they work. The pieces of tire are roughly cut to the shape of a hoof, then nailed on with whatever type of nail is available. And the result is easily a lame horse as nails are often tacked in on the wrong side of the white line - the sensitive area of the hoof, rather than through the hoof wall.

Alex Ridgeway, a farrier from Britain travelled to Ethiopia to learn about hoof care practices there and to work with the international animal welfare organization, Brooke, in an effort to improve the lives of both the equines and their owners. This video is supposed to be the first in a series of Ridgeway’s work with Brooke in Ethiopia.
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