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  • Carl Whitt Braswell (1935 - 2023)
    Carl Whitt Braswell, of Whitewright, Texas, passed away on July 19, 2023, at the age of 87. He was born on September 17, 1935 to John and Beulah Braswell. Carl was a loving husband, father, and grandfa...
  • Sgt. Walter Passfield (1881 - 1951)
    A farrier by trade in the Hussars before WW1. Fought in the trenches during WW1. In 1923 migrated to Western Australia under the soldier settlement scheme upon Peel Estate @ Sixty Eight Rd Baldivis (pr...
  • Francis Paul Richey, Sr. (1928 - 2012)
    Francis Paul Richey, Sr., husband of 66 years to Euzelia (Boots) Moon Richey, died Sunday, September 23, 2012, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Hyren W...
  • Ezekiel Parish (1841 - 1935)
    Update 8/24/2016(CLM): I have very little on Ezekiel. Member of the Dallas County, Missouri Home Guard:Company A : position Farrier. Please consult Sources. More research is needed.
  • Thomas Whelden (b. - bef.1611)
    Gabriel’s Uncle Thomas made his will 8 March 1609/10 and was buried at Basford 11 April 1610. Thomas was a blacksmith. The will indicates that Thomas Whelden had a brother Henry Whelden and two sisters...

A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian's skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet.

From Wikipedia

Historically, the jobs of farrier and blacksmith were practically synonymous, shown by the etymology of the word: farrier comes from Middle French: ferrier (blacksmith), from the Latin word ferrum (iron). A farrier's work in colonial America or pre-Industrial Revolution Europe would have included shoeing horses, as well as the fabrication and repair of tools, the forging of architectural pieces, and so on. Modern day farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's hoof. For this reason, farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related, trades.

In the British Army, the Household Cavalry have farriers who march in parade in ceremonial dress, carrying their historical axes with spikes. They are a familiar sight at the annual Trooping the Colour. There is also a farrier on call "round the clock, twenty-four hours a day, at Hyde Park Barracks."

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