Welcome everyone. I hope you’re all doing well this busy time of the year. I have a lot to cover today in the shopkeeping portion, but the interview is actually quite short, so I feel like the two will even out in the end. As I said just a few seconds ago, it is a busy time of the year for us and as we grind it out and do as many horses as our clients put upon us, sometimes it’s hard to remember why we’re doing the job we do in the first place. It’s easy to get lost in the never ending sea of horses and suddenly this very cool career that we have starts to feel more like a job. As you’ve heard me and several of my guests say over the years, two of the very good remedies for this problem are competition and certification. But sometimes you need to take a break from horses and horseshoeing altogether, and that’s what I have attempted to do this summer by taking up mountain biking.
For years, I have told myself that I didn’t have time for a hobby, so I didn’t make time. But this summer I’ve started to, and the results have been pretty cool. I’ve even been able to go for a ride with Kathy Lesperance who, as you know, is a former guest on the podcast. During one of our many discussions on that ride, we both commented on how much better we felt horse horseshoeing because of the physical activity we were doing in our off time.
Many of the other guests have also shared their off-duty pastimes, like Kenny Hoyle with his dirt biking, Riley Kirkpatrick with his hunting, and of course, Danny Bennett with his mountain biking, although I’m pretty sure he prefers to take a lift to the top of the big hills. So I was thinking in an effort to show your fellow farriers that it’s okay to not shoe horses 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to have a pastime after work, that we would do a little social media exercise.
Post a picture of yourself doing your favorite after work pastime, and post it to your social media and tag the Mullens Farrier podcast in your post, along with the hashtag off-duty farrier. I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys come up with.
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The folks at the Ontario Farriers Association wanted me to let you know that their convention is from September 28th to 30th, 2023. Riley Kirkpatrick is coming down and he’s the keynote speaker and the judge for the contest. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page or go to www.ontariofarriers.ca to get more details on this event.
Exactly one month after that convention I’m heading across the pond to watch the International Horseshoeing Competition at Stoneleigh and hang out with the cool folks at the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association for their Focus convention. You too can come and I highly recommend that you do. As always, the International will host the best teams the world has to offer, and there’s a pretty stellar list of keynote speakers for Focus as well. Look at all the details online at www.forgeandfarrier.co.uk.
Now for today’s guest, Alex was another member of Vern Powell’s crew of clinicians for the Puerto Vallarta clinic last December, like me, this was Alex’s first trip down to Puerto Vallarta, and she fit in perfectly with the group. So well, I think she stole the heart of one of the veteran clinicians. I would refer you to her Facebook page for more of an explanation. As in any situation when a group of farriers spend too much time together, there becomes a plethora of inside jokes and farriers being farriers. Some of them can be inappropriate or dark.
One of those jokes found its way into this interview, and I couldn’t let it be omitted. You’ll hear Alex mention an embalming table that she purchased from a scrap yard, and the joke was that that embalming table had come from the local funeral home where Alex’s late grandmother may have spent some time on it. For the rest of the trip, it was always brought up as Memaw’s table. Well, folks buckle up as I’m sure you can already tell you’re in for a wild ride. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.
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