I rarely get to see him in person as he usually does his work while I am also at work. The summer visits are about the only ones I can actually be present for. During this visit, I found out that Jaime is waiting to take his Journeyman's test for the American Farriers Association in October. Jaime is already a Certified Tradesman Farrier.
This is really a big deal. The American Farriers Association (AFA) offers four levels of certification: 1. AFA Farrier Classification 2. Certified Farrier (AFA CF) 3. Certified Tradesman Farrier (AFA CTF) and 4. Certified Journeyman Farrier (AFA CJF).
As a special note to Val over at Memoirs of a Horse Girl, I asked my farrier about his experience with the hoof stand. His response was that it takes practice. He also disliked the sling and only uses it for draft horses. He uses the stand for all the work and just repositions the hoof so that he gets the angle he wants. He also rests one of his feet on the stand to keep it from toppling over.
When he was out on Tuesday, I managed to snap a few photos of the job he does. I didn't think about the camera until he was finished with Speedy G so all of these picks are of Sydney. Click images to enlarge.