Doug and the Horseshoe

New Video – New Shoes for the Horses

The wonderful anachronism the horseshoe is our topic today!  The act of putting making and putting on new horseshoes is one of those dying arts.  There are fewer and fewer places where this is done on a regular basis.  So, I felt lucky to have the chance to watch the big event while I was at that ranch recently.

I made the video part of this with my D3S (see my Nikon D3S Review for more).  I really love how this camera is so easy for shooting video.  I used the Nikon 50mm 1.4 prime to shoot all this footage, although it probably was not necessary to use a lens like that.  I probably could have gotten the exact same footage (and depth of field) with the more flexible 24-70mm.

Daily Photo – Doug and the Horseshoe

Whenever earn would press the burning-hot horseshoe into the foot of the horse, this smoke would billow up in an amazing cloud. The reason they do this is to see how the shoe fits before going back to make a few adjustments. The whole process was awesome to watch, as you can see. I felt like I was time traveling!

HDR Photo

  • casusan

    Wonderful video Trey! Almost like being there in person! I just read an article too in my local newspaper as to it’s ‘a dying art’- it looks like it would hurt – but I guess if done right it doesn’t! That ranch looks super beautiful!

  • Fascinating stuff, obviously 😉

  • Great video, Trey. Do you use Final Cut to make these? I really have no idea how to make video on my 7D. That needs to be your next training video… how to create videos. I love the feel you get through prime lenses. Wonderful. Of course sound, now that’s another story…

  • Great image!!

  • Maybe a little bit of off camera fill flash on the face with a half cto filter would have improved the pic , so the face is really a bit too dark

  • Gail in Montana

    Loved the video so much, I posted it on facebook and the photo appeared with the link, how cool is that!!!! Great video and photo, Trey!! Susan is right, not many farriers left to do this job. Of course, we have some here in the Bitter Root Valley where there are tons of horses, a lot of which get ridden, but some are just pets, can you imagine, lol. Thanks for sharing with us, once again 😉

  • Hey, I learned something new…I need to get out of the city and visit the country more. I really enjoyed the video and stills!

  • Thanks all. Stewart – I am using Final Cut Pro, Adobe After Effects, and iMovie. I try them all. This one was a really quick one that did not require anything too sophisticated, so I just used iMovie !

  • Nicely done. I try to remember to grab video while traveling around Alaska. Someday I may put it all together. This is inspiring for sure.

  • Casusan, it doesn’t hurt them. The hoof is much like your fingernail. If you were to go too deep, then yes, it can cause pain. This gentleman is not just a Farrier, but a Blacksmith. The other thing they have to be good at, is putting the nail through the hoof, without causing a “hot nail” issue, which will make a horse lame. I can trim my horses’ hooves, but I can’t put shoes on them.

    BTW, nice image Trey! 🙂

  • another awesome view into your world…and thanks for always sharing them with all of us!!!

  • A great video and superb still pic at the end. I love that one with several horses in perspective due to DOF.

  • Roy

    When I lived in Colorado I watched a local Cowboy do this. I also saw him get kicked a couple of times. He had to tie one leg and pull it up next to the horse so it wouldn’t kick. Fun to watch but I wouldn’t want to do it.

  • Looks like he is shoeing draft horses by the size of the shoe. Not many farriers will do draft horses, or have the talent to. Julie is right, the horse never feels a thing. When the red hot shoe is pressed up against the hoof the horse never even flinches. The aroma that goes along with the strong visuals is not for the weak stomached person. Great visuals Trey.

  • Klars

    Bergit, the face is dark but the action isn’t. Just my opine…

  • Recently discovered Stuck In Customs and HDR, I’m loving it and have begun making my own HDR images, Trey. For the Video shots, were they all hand held?

  • Thanks for the comments all…

    Big Fella – Yes – all handheld 🙂 I wish I had a tripod or steadycam at times… but… it is handy enough I guess without

  • chase c

    Awesome vid!!!

  • TZ

    I don’t want to be “that guy,” but I’ll go ahead and say it: from what I’ve seen Nikon, in the video DSLR area, has a lot of work to do before it can really challenge the likes of what Canon has put out. To me, and I am only referring to the the video NOT the content, was pretty much a “meh” even at HD resolution. Throwing in your beautiful images isn’t helping the video out one bit either 😛

  • Rudy

    My bother-in-law is a farrier and I have wanted to put something like this together for a long time. As soon as it gets a little cooler here in Houston I’ll give it a try. Great work Trey.

  • Paris

    Hi Trey,

    Very nice video, well done.

    What is the program you are using to create your videos, I am looking the last 2 days all the old posts and tutorials and I haven’t found it.

    Thanks in advance

  • Paris

    Ignore the previous Sorry

  • Dylan Alvarez

    Hey Trey, wonderful video! I love these artistic movies that almost reveal more by not having audio… It’s very peaceful and right-brainish… What’s the song that plays throughout the whole video? I’d love to listen to something like this while out shooting.

  • Dylan Alvarez

    Aghhhhh, ignore that last question — I darted down here to comment before I read that last little note. Thanks anyway!!

  • I  have been shoeing horses for 40 years anyone want to come an follow me all day give me a call  i  shoot with a canon 7 d

    [email protected]     Steve Vaughan

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