Now we have a farrier without a car. I had to bring my car to the car repair shop. Windscreen was so badly broken by a stone flown into it that it has to be changed. I’m cursing this a bit, since I had to do the same operation only a year ago.. Well, because I’m now without a car until tomorrow but I anyway had to travel from a point A to the point B there was a nice solution into it. I just used the same vehicle I was using a lot before I started shoeing horses.
My dear bicycle
I didn’t even own a car before because it’s incredibly expensive and the public transportation in the capital area of Finland works well. I also used to bicycle a lot, drove sometimes 30 km to work or often after work to the stable 10 km, then I rode my horse and bicycled back home. Got some exercise. While working at the office I just never could get enough the physical exercise my body and mind wanted to.
I thought that this is a nice opportunity to have a great training and sports day. In the morning I drove by car to the forge, practiced one class of the Swedish championships I’m taking part next week, then drove home, took my bicycle into my car, drove the car to the car repair shop, bicycled 16km back to the forge and forged another class and did some “detailtraining” as well. Then bicycled 15 km to home. Have to admit that bicycling back home into headwind was already a bit slower
Isn’t this a typical farrier vehicle seen on a forge’s yard? I even started to think that in fact this bicycle could carry a small anvil, then I would just need my hand tools and the apron. Well, maybe some shoes and nails. I could work well without my hoofstand.. Hotfitting is of course not possible but I can’t do it anyway in many stables because of the fire security.
Imagine a farrier bicycling on to the stable yard.. Now it may be that you’ll even see that one day Then in fact I remembered that I have heard a story of some guy who really was driving around with bicycle shoeing horses.. I’m not sure about this but does anyone of you (finnish) readers remember that one?
The Swedish championships are getting close.. I usually try to get my training program tougher just before the competition if I’m taking the competition even a little bit seriously ;D so next days there’ll be lot’s of training ahead. I have been quite frustrated last weeks, since I feel that there has been progress only backwards and nothing, even the basic things won’t work. Today was a bit better day but I’m anyway a bit hopeless now. Anyway, the trip to Sweden will be wonderfully fun as competitions always and I’m very much looking forward to it. It’s nice to travel with our finnish team and to see all the farriers from other countries as well!
I have made some shopping, too. I invested into Billy Crothers’ Clamp-Down Lever Vice. The vice is very good but there is a couple of problems in it. The handle is very heavy to use and I thought it would need some extra handle, so I welded an extension onto it. The other problem is that the vice is so good that everyone else has a crothers’ vice too. In the competitions you have to be careful to recognize your own, because there is ten alike. So I was determined to personalize mine.
A duck bites iron.