Welcome everyone, a little shopkeeping before we start. If you haven’t already, you should pick up Chris Gregory’s new book For The Want of a  Nail The Shoe Was Lost. It’s a fun read and introduces you to several legends of our trade, including my guest today. Look for it on Amazon, or you can order it directly from Chris at www.heartlandhorseshoeing.com.

Also, I’m excited to announce that I’ll be travelling to the UK this fall for Farrier Focus, the kind folks at the British Farriers and Blacksmith’s Association invited me to come and interview some of the key speakers and clinicians. I’m looking forward to joining forces with my fellow podcaster and friend Daniel Bennett, to give you some insight into the convention, the international team, horseshoeing competition, and all the farrier folks who will be attending.

To check out the details online of the convention, go to www.forgeandfarrier.co.uk and hopefully, I’ll see you there.

Today. I’m speaking with Derek Gardner AWCF. This man has been a legend to me since I started shoeing. Many of the folks I looked up to often talked about Derek and his mastery in the forge. Many of my former guests have also spoken fondly of their time under his tutelage, including Andrew DeVisser, Sarah Vanderpol and of course, Chris Gregory. We had a great chat covering everything from Derek’s experience during the foot and mouth disease crisis in the UK many years ago, and his journey to the wild west as a young lad to experience ranching firsthand as well as many insights he has had while working on horses’ feet.

It was truly an honour to speak with him and I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

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