Farrier & Wrangler Wanted On Colorado Ranch

Howdy Ginger,

We have contacted you in the past and you were kind enough to post our job opening for a farrier/wrangler at your school.  We are again looking for one additional farrier to add to our staff this summer.  Here is some additional information on our ranch and the job.

We have a summer guest and working ranch in Colorado and we are looking for a recent or soon to be graduate farrier to work at our ranch this summer.

We own around 120 head of horses and have found that we can provide an excellent opportunity for a newly trained farrier to get under a number of horses and further develop their skills and training. This gives them a good head start to begin their own business.

This position we are offering also entails wrangling horses, teaching horseback riding, guest entertainment and a number of other activities all based in a great mountain environment.  All of our employees live and work on the ranch.  The position can pay between $11000 to $14000  for the summer with minimal expenses.  My family has been in business for 40 years and have had a number of horseshoers get their start with us over the years.  They would be working with other experienced farriers including ourselves.  We do have two other full time farriers on staff so we do not expect this candidate to take the load of the entire horse herd by themselves.

If you have any students who might be interested in a great summer here in the Colorado mountains have them contact us at 1-800-845-2292 and speak to Justin or Ken.

Our website is www.drowsywater.com for reference and we have an online application on the website.  Feel free to call us with any questions.

Thank you for your time.

Justin Fosha
Owner Drowsy Water Ranch

The Fosha Family
PO Box 147
Granby, CO 80446

Horse Pastures, Cool Weather And Laminitis Explained

Horse Pastures, Cool Weather and Laminitis explained

Cool spring weather brings in new green grass but what about the fall? Those cool weather days also bring in new green grass. So how does that relate to the horses’ diet?

Most horse owners know about the dangers of eating too much new spring grass, but have you thought much about the fall weather grass? Yes, horses can founder on both. With the abundance of rain and sunshine this year, you may find yourself mowing your lawn every 5 days. How about your pastures?

Fall is the time to fertilize and lime your pastures. If you do, keep your horses off for several weeks, not just days. We are thankful for all that good green grass, but with it comes limitation for horse grazing.

It has been known for many years that lush pastures can cause laminitis and founder in susceptible horses. According to a popular farrier publication editor, Fran Jurga, scientists have identified fructans as the culprit in grass that causes horses to founder.

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During the day, plants carry on photosynthesis and produce sugar. In grasses, these sugars are stored as carbohydrates such as sucrose, fructose and fructans. During sunny days, horses can be grazing on pastures that are high in carbs. At night, the plants use the carbs to produce plant tissue. Therefore, carb levels are lowest at dawn. Fructans are a form of carbohydrate stored by grass. Seeds store energy as starch, grasses store energy as fructans.

Problems can arise when stress slows the growth of the grasses and the plants do not use the carbs produced during the day. This condition can develop during the SPRING (and FALL), when falling nighttime temps and frost can shut down the plants.  If the frosty nights are followed by warm, sunny days, fructan levels can accumulate quickly in the grass blades.  Grazing grasses high in fructan levels can trigger a situation in horses very similar to carb overload caused by overeating grain.  Increased carb and fructan levels can set off a series of metabolic disturbances in the horses’ intestines, potentially resulting in colic and laminitis. Until more research is done, it appears that fructans are the likely cause of grass induced laminitis or founder in horses.

Courtesy of the Tribute Equine Nutrition:

Laminitis is the inflammation of the sensitive structures in the hoof called the “lamellae.”  The lamellae hold the coffin bone tight within the hoof horn.  This condition is extremely painful and can lead to rotation of the coffin bone known as founder. A common cause of laminitis is overconsumption of pasture grass, especially when the grass is actively growing, typically in the spring or after a good rain – AND IN THE FALL. Nutritional causes are related to high intake of sugar and starch also from grain mixes high in cereal grains and molasses.

Minimizing the horses’ sugar and starch per meal is the best way to prevent or manage laminitis.  Once a horse has signs of laminitis, nutrition will always be an important factor in continuing a long healthy life.



Dr. Dan, the Natural Vet of Tennessee describes it this way:

Just so you also fully understand – molasses IS SUGAR. Both cause insulin spikes, subsequent insulin resistance from over-production by the body, hypothyroid, Cushing’s horses, etc. Sugar highs and sugar lows are the culprits. Feeding corn and sugar at the morning meal is like us eating donuts and candy for breakfast. These high sugar levels wear the pancreas out. The pancreas produces insulin to handle the sugar and then later in the day, the sugar low causes tremendous stress on the body because the body is starving to death. This hypoglycemia also wears out the adrenals (glands that handle stress) and eventually hypothyroidism, Cushing’s (from over production of adrenal glands), and laminitis, as well as metabolic issues of all types can results. Heck, the body is “just flat worn out” from the stress.

All commercial feeds are produced to “hit the middle of the road’ when it comes to vitamin and mineral fortification.

Buck McColl of Mobile Milling Bio-Zin:

Read your feed tag carefully. Have your pasture soil tested. Compare the quality of your pastures to what your horse really needs in a supplement.  Ask your farrier about your personal horse’s hoof quality.

From the Farriers’ National Research Center

Some horses react to all the above, and some don’t. You need to watch out for those easy keepers who seem to always be heavier. Going back to helping the hooves stay dry, put your horses in a dry lot or stalled overnight, let out about noon till 9pm or dark and they will have better hooves and stay on a better-balanced diet as well.

We offer a Nutritional Information Class and DVD for our farrier students and horse owns are welcome. The information comes to us from many Professional Equine Nutritionists who study the subject for living. It is part of our daily business, helping horses stay healthy with healthier hooves to stand on.

After all…”A Healthy Horse = A Happy Owner”

www.farriersnationalresearchcenter.com   Villanow, Georgia  (706)397-8909 for appointments

Check out our other “Healthy Hoof Care Articles for Horse Owners”


Saddle Fit Class


Our Farrier Education includes clinics on "How To Better Serve Your Customers" and improve your overall horse knowledge. Link Casey, offered a "Saddle Fit Class" for a ladies riding club. Enjoyed by all who were already experienced riders with good horses. One needed an all new saddle & pad to fit properly and others just needed an adjustment or two. The infrared FLIR camera used showed the 'inside' of the story. What might be blamed on shoeing could actually be a saddle fit problem and vica-versa.
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