North Saanich Life

From the unexpected adventures file

We’ve lived here for eighteen years, but that doesn’t mean we know about all the things going on in our neighbourhood.

Case in point – driving home this morning we passed a house and there was a woman standing in the driveway holding the halter of a horse. ‘I didn’t know they kept horses there’, I said. How did we not notice? Then we saw the horse trailer. And also on the driveway – a farrier’s truck. What! It turns out that one of our neighbours has a business as a farrier – looking after the feet of horses and their metal shoes. Who knew!

Here’s the ever patient Gracie, waiting for her new shoes to be measured and installed:


Have you seen a farrier’s truck before? Here is one open for business:


Racks of shoes, grinding equipment, a portable forge, an oven. We had seen the truck all closed up many times and not known what it was (closed up it sort of looks like a food truck…..)

It takes a lot of steps to get the shoes just right – lots of hammering and filing and adjusting:


And then when it is just right – installation time.


How much fun is that?


And while we’re on the subject, here’s a link to a very interesting article about the farriers who look after the horses of the New York City Police Department mounted patrol. When a police horse needs its feet attended to the farriers come to them, right on the street – that would be something to see. But it turns out that we have our own version here in North Saanich!

By Sharon

I like to make things. I like to travel. I like to talk about what I'm up to.