In this episode, I sit down with Certified Journeyman Farrier Andrew DeVisser from Paris, Ontario, Canada. I was fortunate to have spent the entire day with Andrew prior to this interview where we discussed everything from shoeing theory and practices to business insights and methods. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.
Andrew DeVisser shoes primarily hunter/jumpers along with a healthy dose of Fox hunters and eventing horses. He has been shoeing for 10.5 years, attended Butler Professional Farrier School and served an apprenticeship under Leo Chapman of Milton, Ontario. He has always worked towards improving his skills through competition and certification. Through a lot of hardwork Andrew was able to pass his CJF at the age of 23. Andrew continues to compete as time allows with 4 kids at home. Andrew loves shoeing horses and has taken a special interest in the business side of shoeing horses.
Most Gifted Book – The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach
Favourite Rasp – Heller xl Legend
Dream Rig – 2012 Ford Transit Connect with Propane Conversion
Favourite Rounding Hammer – Derek Gardner and a home made one!
Favourite Bar stock – 3/8 7/8 concave
Gas or diesel – propane
Favourite pastime – Project property and playing the guitar
Bucket list – currently working on a writing project
Favourite Keg Shoe – Werkman Horseshoes
Leather or Synthetic Pads – Leather pads
Favourite Type of Horse – One that stands well
Ideal # of horses to shoe in a day – Three complex horses a day
Hammer Handles – Hickory
Accounting Software – Paper
Favourite Social Media Platform – Facebook
Type of Phone – Apple iPhone 6S
Do you carry injury insurance? No – Savings
What do you use for pain relief? Pot of Gold and pain shoeing more horses
Do you work out? Every morning I have a half-hour routine
Do you meditate? Pray
What would you have been if not a farrier? Land Surveyor or Engineer
What configuration of knives do you use? A loop knife and a left-handed drop blade.