In a modern world, his trade is still timeless

In a modern world, his trade is still timeless

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Dan Verniero recently took the time to shoe Molly, his Belgian draft horse, at his home on the historic La Boca Ranch. “I’ve always thought of myself as a farmer, a farrier and a blacksmith,” he said.
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“The blacksmith was the king of trades because we made everybody’s tools,” said farrier Dan Verniero of the historical importance of his trade. Verniero recently fashioned some shoes for one of his horses at the historic La Boca Ranch south of Ignacio.
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Dan Verniero trims the hooves of Diesl, a 13-year-old Percheron weighing more than a ton, while recently paying a visit to the Wildorado Ranch near Gem Village.
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Farrier Dan Verniero said in his free time he enjoys making objects out of scrap metal and worn blacksmith rasps.
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Dan Verniero said he started out as a farrier about 40 years ago in New Jersey, and he used his skills to help pay his way through college at Colorado State University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science. Today, he’s passing along his skills to his son, Will, who acknowledged the physically demanding nature of the work. “I always figured wrestling was the hardest thing I’d ever do,” Will Verniero said.
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Farrier Dan Verniero trims the hooves of Serenade, a 1-year-old Danish Warmblood, at the Wildorado Ranch near Gem Village. “She’s young – like kids, curious and well-mannered,” he said.
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Farrier Dan Verniero fashions therapeutic shoes for horses with problem feet. “I like putting a foundation underneath a crooked horse,” he said.
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Farrier Dan Verniero, who has been shoeing horses for almost 40 years, said, “I try to restore symmetry.”
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