Download Full Text (2.1 MB)


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).

Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2022


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Farriers, ergonomics, Occupational therapy

Medical Subject Headings

Ergonomics, Occupational Therapy


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2022 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, held online December 7-9, 2022.

The Farriers’ Perspective of Ergonomics

To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.