Sunday, December 11, 2011
I'm guessing that many people today have no clue what a Farrier does. In the old days, a blacksmith and Farrier were common terms used to describe those who took care of horses hooves by shoeing and trimming. The men of the McDonough family of Wichita know all about that. In these times, it isn't often that three generations of men from the same family make history.
Sean McDonough is a Farrier, but he isn't the only one in the family. His dad Pat McDonough was the first and he's now retired. Sean's son Timothy is the third generation to continue this old tradition.
"He's picking it up quick. I'm really happy with how he's doing with them," said Sean.
This family is the only living three generations of Farrier's in the U.S. certified by the Brotherhood of Working Ferrier's Association.
"I watched my dad do it for a long time and I thought that was pretty cool. And then when I graduated from high school, I went to college. I decided I didn't like it, so I called dad up and told him I wanted to do this," said Timothy.
As Sean works, the tools of his trade shine as the morning sun slowly warms the barn. Tools like his have been used for centuries to mold, shape and to create new shoes for the horses.
Before Pat retired, he and Sean appeared on the KAKE TV show called "Ol' Mike and Mogie Show." Sean and his dad were and are one of only two pairs of master Farrier's certified in the U.S.
"We like to help people help their horse. And they are appreciative of it too you know... That's a great thing to me and I wouldn't trade it for anything," said Sean.