Roland’s nags ‘n’ nails: back after a gruelling few weeks at college

College block one — tick

College block two — tick

College block three — tick

College block four — tick

AND… College block five — tick

Phew!  I’m back after a gruelling three weeks at Warwick College of Farriery. They drive you hard and now that we’re nearing the ultimate college block (block eight) where we will either become farriers or not, the thumb screws are really beginning to be tightened. In some ways it seems like yesterday that I was completing college block one, but in other ways it feels like a long time ago.

The homework which we need to submit in six months’ time at our next college attendance is, again, wide ranging and challenging. It will mean more late nights and weekends sacrificed to get it all done. There’s no let up and the pressure is on to build up our skill set further.

Being back at work this week will hurt. Three weeks at college does not do your shoeing fitness any good and I know that by Wednesday I will be in bits. However, with the weather as it is, I’m more likely to faint than pull a hamstring!

Until next week,



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