I am not sure this was the best title for this book. (my apologies to the author/publisher) I am afraid that it may not do it justice. Horse owners may not really want to "understand" their farrier - beyond what is necessary for them to get a good shoeing job on their horse(s). Farriers - well... do they want to understand other farriers? I don't know about that, either. With all that said, I am not sure what a better title would have been - but this book is such a wealth of different facets of farrier knowledge I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is interested in horses. The author has done a great job of touching on the most interesting facets of all sorts of things to do with farriery - and she includes a wealth of sources - websites, etc. to point you easily in the direction that you need to go for more in-depth info regarding each topic. Interspersed within are a generous helping of interesting real-life stories from farriers around the world. Lynne has really done her homework on this one, and it shows.