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Farriers, or individuals who specialize in the shoeing of horses, navigate a variety of ergonomic challenges. Such challenges have the potential to severely impact their working ability and other major areas of their lives. Early research from Holler (1984) and King (2003) investigated farrier perceptions of hazardous job requirements and tool hazards in relations to strain on their bodies. Additional factors to consider include other external factors such as human and animal interactions, physiological, and psychological factors (Flunker et al., 2020; Gombeski et al., 2017).The purpose of this study is to learn about the ergonomic conditions of farriers and their daily occupations as well as explore the role of OT in addressing the needs of farriers with respect to a lack of existing literature (Holler, 1984; King, 2003; AOTA, 2020; Reitz et al., 2020). The findings may be utilized to set the stage for additional research, as a foundation for program development, and to improve farrier education, ergonomic conditions, and well-being (Reitz et al. 2020).
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Farriers, ergonomics, Occupational therapy
Medical Subject Headings
Ergonomics, Occupational Therapy
Harrington, H., & Morris, G. (2022, December 7). The Farriers’ Perspective of Ergonomics. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2022/6