The Strathcona Mounted Troop’s farrier keeps the horses’ hooves in top shape-Video

Video / January 11, 2019 / Project number: 18-0273

 

(A farrier is hot-shoeing a horse. The hooves sizzle and smoke as the farrier tests the horseshoe’s fit. The horse is calm.)

(Corporal Edward Thibodeau, of the Strathcona Mounted Troop, is in a barn, explaining the importance of a farrier.)

Cpl Thibodeau: If you don’t take proper care of the horse’s feet, that’s basically where everything starts.

(The farrier pulls a glowing red horseshoe out of a forge, and hammers the horse shoe into shape on an anvil.)

Cpl Thibodeau: Our farrier has been doing it for a long time.

(Sparks fly as the farrier uses a bench grinder on the shoe. The farrier then uses a knife to clean the interior hoof of the horse.)

Cpl Thibodeau: It’s important to keep the horses trimmed to a certain level.

(The farrier hammers the shoe into the horse’s hoof.)

Cpl Thibodeau: The shoes help to give their feet a little bit of cushioning. Care of the feet as well when they’re walking on rockier, difficult surfaces.

(The farrier files the outside of the horse’s hoof, and then sands it.)

Cpl Thibodeau: Protects the soles of the feet to make sure that they don’t get injuries in the bottom of the feet.

(Soldiers of the Strathcona Mounted Troop march their horses in front of a cheering crowd.)

Cpl Thibodeau: If the horse has bad feet, then you don’t have a very well-working horse.

(The Canadian Army watermark appears onscreen, with text: “Strong. Proud. Ready.” Fade to the Canada wordmark.)

 

 

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