For a long time now, I have been planning a #nowyouseeme spotlight to introduce you all to some of our #prettybirdtribe. First up – you get to meet Sarah Callow, one of Ireland’s only female farriers who is based in Wicklow, Ireland!
One of the huge perks of starting this business has been getting to meet and to know so many amazing, powerful and inspiring women who are champions and pioneers, passionate about their work and who have some great insights and stories.
The #nowyouseeme was one of those things came out of nowhere but it gave me goosebumps the first time I typed it, which was in connection to this pic. I felt like it was such as strong message and that this image of me walking home the cows in my bright pink overalls and lime green bodywarmer couldn’t have better captured the visual essence of #nowyouseeme.
For me, #nowyouseeme is a message of self-empowerment, that yes I will stand out in my pink overalls and be seen. And hopefully through this blog series/campaign we will help lots of other ladies to be seen and stand out too! So, without further ado….
Meet Sarah Callow!
Can you tell us a little about your work?
I’m a Farrier which involves the care of equines hooves eg trimming,shoeing, remedial work etc. My work is not just limited to the feet though. I have to take a holistic approach to the job and take into account the confirmation, the biomechanics of the horse and a lot more. So as part of my job, I have to have an in-depth knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the horse. I am also fully trained to make horseshoes.
I am a mobile Farrier and cover west mainly Wicklow, Carlow, Kildare and Dublin. I also have a forge set up on my husbands farm that I also work from.
What do you love about what you
Job satisfaction. Seeing the results of my work especially seeing the improvement in the horses under my care.
Are there many women involved in your line of work?
In Ireland no not directly but I’m sure there are many women behind a lot of the male farriers keeping their business going by doing books, feeding them and a lot more besides. In the uk there are an increasing number of female farriers. As far as I know there is just one other qualified female farrier in Ireland, she is based in Galway. Neither of us knew the other existed so we were both claiming the title of Ireland’s only female farrier!
Should other girls/women consider this as a career?
Yes. It’s not an easy job by any stretch though. It’s physically and mentally demanding but at the end of the day I wouldn’t do anything else.
Not many people know… (can you share something funny/interesting about you that people might not know)
It’s not only horseshoe I have a interest in I have a serious weakness for a new pair of shoes. Latest being a pair of barker brogues and reiss boots oh and not forgetting the rigger boots my hubby got me for Christmas!
A little more on Sarah….
You might have spotted Sarah on the last episode of Ear to the Ground this year!
— indiepics (@indiepicsIE) February 21, 2019
To finish, we want to let you all in on a little secret. We are super proud to have Sarah in our #prettybirdtribe. 🙂