Welcome to the Mullins Farrier Podcast. Imparting wisdom forged over lifetimes of experience.
Brad Davidson CJF
In today's episode, I am speaking with Brad Davidson, CJF, proprietor of Professional Farrier Supply based in Orangeville, Ontario, Canada. As you will hear, Brad and his peers were always hungry to learn more and get better in this trade.
We recorded this episode, live at the OFA Conference, and as Brad is very descriptive with his hands, sometimes his volume drops as the microphone moved away from his face. My apologies for this, but regardless, I'm sure you'll enjoy this conversation as much as we did!
Nigel Fennell AWCF
Today's guest is Nigel Fennell AWCF. I left our conversation feeling inspired by Nigel. You'll notice a theme in his story, one of sacrifice & investing in himself. As they say, nothing worthwhile comes without sacrifice. Life is about trade-offs. Nigel's years of commitment to improving his skills at the cost of making more money have found him where he is today-well-positioned to teach those skills & make the next generation of farriers better for it. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.
Jason Fox is a farrier in Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. We've been running into each other for years at clinics and conventions and I've always had great conversations with him. Jason is a deep thinker and for many reasons, I would consider him a holistic thinker. This combined with his confidence to ask questions is why I knew this would be a great podcast. You may agree or disagree with Jason but I guarantee he will leave you thinking more critically about many aspects of our job.
Mark Hickcox CF
Welcome, everyone. I apologize for the long span between episodes. With technical difficulties and everyone being in the midst of show season, it has been difficult. In the end, as usual, perseverance paid off, which could well be the mantra of the gentleman you are about to hear.
It is a story of perseverance, dashed hopes, pivoting when roadblocks turn up, and finding your way back to the path. All told, Mark Hickcox's story is inspirational and I'm honoured he was willing to share it.
A group of fellow farrier podcasters and myself decided to have a conversation about farrier and healthcare professionals' safety. We did this to address the seemingly epidemic number of farrier injuries the world over as of late. Our goal was to have a conversation, bringing our unique perspectives to the table, to educate horse owners on the various ways they can mitigate the dangers faced by farriers. In some cases, these conversations could potentially save careers or even lives, so we had it for you.
Mark Thorkildson CJF AWCF
Mark Thorkildson CJF AWCF is my guest today. Mark was an examiner when I did my CF and CJF exams down in the Heartland & as you will hear, he was key in helping all of us to settle once he gave us his introductory talk. I wanted an episode to explain the process of the levels of certification with the AFA. Mark agreed to take on the task. I hope it helps some of you to understand it a bit better & inspires you to go down the certification path. Mark was inspiring, & full of wisdom as I knew he would be.