Saturday, December 26, 2009


Every horse person knows how important it is to have a great farrier in your life. After moving through a few, I have been fortunate to have found the perfect farrier. Shane Sampson has been doing my three "boys" for about 6 years now. He is one of those "salt of the earth" kind of people who is not only good with horses, but is a joy to have a visit with during the 3 or so hours it takes to the job.

This summer I took some photos of Shane doing his work as I wanted to capture the essence of the work of the farrier - one of the heritage trades that has survived. The most willing participant to capture was Slow Dancer Dan - aka "Simba". He loves his "pedicures" and almost goes into a trance when he gets his feet done. In this classic pose - he usually puts the weight of his head on Shane's back. Shane has mentioned that he gets asked if he has favorite horses to work on and that Simba would be right up there for candidates.

So, once I put the finishing touches on this tomorrow I will find a way to drop this off for him. I hope he is pleasantly surprised and that it serves as a portrait for him and his family for years to come.


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