A Farrier's Prayer
Dear Lord, give me strength to start this day
And wisdom and courage to face whatever I encounter in my travels.
Even though my work with horses is difficult and dangerous,
Grant me patience for his flighty and unpredictable ways,
And keep me safe from harm as I do my task.
Let me remember that my satisfaction comes from helping
A lame horse to go sound, and a sound one to do his job with comfort.
Help me to have patience with my fellow humans, and to remember that
Most love their horses and want what is best for them.
Let me have respect and fellowship with my peers, so that we are
Not alone in this complex and challenging vocation.
Remind me that while my work is important, faith and family should
Come first; help me to schedule my days to reflect these priorities
And at the end of the day, when my mind and body are tired,
Help me remember why I chose this profession,
And never let me never lose fascination and reverence for this
Wonderful creature You have given us, the horse.