You can tell a lot about a horses overall health by looking at its feet, he explained. Many of their hoof problems are caused by nutritional deficiencies. A change in diet or added supplements can solve many hoof problems. Falcon takes samples of the horses mane hair and sends them off to a lab in Michigan where tests show what minerals are lacking in the horses diet.
Falcon is also trained in horse massage therapy and has found that coupled with a proper trim, massage can help correct lameness and attitude problems.
There are still times when a horse is in need of specialized shoes, and Falcon refers the horse owner to another farrier.
There is no competition between the farriers up here, we are all on friendly terms, Falcon said.
Falcon also takes time to educate 4-H groups and individual horse owners on horse care. Years ago, most people grew up with horses, he explained, but today people are getting horses who know nothing about them.
Falcon finds satisfaction in leaving behind a horse on sound feet with informed clients who are better able to care properly for their horses.
As Falcon neared finishing his work on the Wray's 4th horse, he received his first injury of the day. He cut his finger on the horses hoof, and Carrie Wray went running to the house for a Band-Aid.
Their hooves are really sharp. Ive been doing really good, this is the first cut in about a week, he said with a smile.
After the Wrays, Falcon was heading off to care for horses in Plattsburgh and then Ausable Forks. His list of appointments included trims, a massage, and collecting a hair sample. Later in the week his work will take him north to Champlain. His work brings him all over Clinton, Essex and Franklin Counties.