How to ease the farrier’s way of handling horseshoes

Abstract

In the last couple of decades there has not happened much in the “farriery”- department. The work procedure, methods and farrier´s tools have stayed the same over time, which have led to a huge workload that is wearing the active participants out. So think if you were able to ease the working process of horse shoeing for a farrier.
The farriery is still first and foremost a profession based on handicraft that has to relay on the farrier´s good memory, sight and sense. The workplaces for a farrier is most of the time at the hiring horse owner`s stables, which makes it harder for the farrier´s to have influence over their working situation. In Sweden shoes horses by both educated and uneducated people, but there is hopes to legalise the profession title by year 2030.

Inspiration and Method

One of the greatest advantages through this project, has been to observe and the participant in a farrier´s everyday work. Experimentally mockups and visually shown images have been used as the basis for the discussions with people within the horse industry. The farrier`s work a ethics and work environment are very unexplored subjects in modern time, which influenced the work material in the project´s needs and analysis. The inspiration for the project’s end-result is, among other things, based on horsey´s and the farrier´s ancient origin. As well as the requisites of technology in the work.

Result

The end-result is based to decrease the unnecessary repeating work that happens everytime a shoeing emerges. With the help of the Hoof scanner, can the farrier´s have a profile for every single horse i.e. visually images of the hoof, choice of shoes, need of elaboration work, necessary balance adjustments, history and clarified pictures. The functions are able to adjust to every farrier´s need of scene. Documented and visual information can be transcribed (pay it forward) between farrier, veterinary and horse owner.