Farrier puts horses in high heels; TELEVISION.
Brian, who is one of the country's top farriers, is based at Upper Brynaman, Carmarthenshire, but his work takes him all over South Wales.
When the popular countryside series Cefn Gwlad returns this Friday, S4C viewers will be able to see some of the amazing results achieved by Brian and his business partner and son-in-law Lee Burnett.
"I had never imagined a farrier's work to be so specialised, " said presenter Dai Jones. "It's a combination of anatomical knowledge, a designer's expertise, craftsmanship and sheer strength."
Brian's father was a stonemason from Ireland, and his mother was a butcher's daughter from Brynaman.
His interest in shoeing was kindled when, as a 10-year-old, he helped the blacksmith at Brynaman shoe his first pony.
Later, he became an apprentice at the smithy, and decided to go into farriery when he noticed the lack of specialised treatment for lame horses.
Following years of study and numerous theoretical and practical examinations, Brian became a Registered Shoeing Smith in 1960.
Later, he became an Associate and a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers.
Wherever he goes, he travels with his mobile smithy but he admits that the work is not without its hazards.
"It's only natural for a horse that's in pain to kick - and I've been at the receiving end on several occasions."
The programme shows Brian giving treatment at Llwynmelys Farm, Creunant, near Neath, where a horse had damaged a tendon and needed a high-heel shoe for support.
SPECIALISED WORK: Dai Jones, left, meets Brian Griffin
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|Publication:||Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)|
|Date:||Oct 2, 2001|
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