As there weren’t any trained farriers in the region, David learned that Kinde’s previous owner would shoe the horse himself – hammering up to 15 nails in to Kinde’s hooves while leaving the nails sticking through the top of the hoof. As Kinde walked, the sharp tips of these nails cut in to the sensitive skin of his legs. But Kinde was one of the lucky horses of Sheno, rescued just in time. For other working horses, such farriery practices would regularly cause terrible lameness.
When the horses could no longer work, they were abandoned by the side of the road and left to die. David recalls a time when dozens of emaciated ownerless owners roamed the streets, without care, desperate for food and water. But the enterprising young man realised that he could save other horses like Kinde from such a terrible fate with a simple solution.
Grateful for SPANA’s previous help, David was one of the first men in Sheno to sign up for SPANA’s free farriery training. Over several weeks, staff trained David how to trim and file horses’ hooves and attach comfortable shoes which protected their feet from rocky terrain.