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Farrier puts horses in high heels; TELEVISION.



WHEN Brian Griffin designs and makes high-heel shoes for horses, he has no regard for fashion; his sole concern is to aid the recovery of injured animals.

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.

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 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 farriery

the techniques used by a farrier. Part of the occupation of blacksmith.
 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 The Worshipful Company of Farriers is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The Farriers, or horseshoe makers, organised in 1356. It received a Royal Charter of incorporation in 1674. .

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 Neath (nēth), Welsh Castell-nedd, town (1981 pop. 48,687), Neath Port Talbot, S Wales, on the Neath River. Neath is both a market and an industrial town. Metallurgy and a growing petrochemical industry are important. , where a horse had damaged a tendon and needed a high-heel shoe for support.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 2, 2001
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