There is depression in the work sector of horse shoers as well as horse trainers and so it is also with many others in the horse related sector. Many horse shoers have been taking on other jobs during fall, and it looks like this coming fall is likely to be difficult.
Óskar Jóhannsson master in horse shoeing is one of those who are going abroad. At this time he is aboard the liner Norræna, headed for Denmark.
But why is he moving to Denmark?
”That is where I learned horse shoeing, during the years 2002-2006 from the horse shoeing master Per Munch. I lived in Skals in Jutland so I know many people in the world of Icelandic horses in Denmark. I spoke with a few of my pals out there who encouraged me to come over, and I would probably have plenty of work.”
Will you be shoeing Icelandic horses?
”Yes, for the most part. But at the time when I was studying this and working, we were shoeing many different breeds of horses, so this is entirely possible if time allows.“
Was it easy to find a place to live?
”Yes, it was easy. My friend Bo Juncher and his family living in Amhøj offered me to live with them. He is a pig farmer but he also has Icelandic horses:”
Why are you traveling with Norræna?
”That is because I decided to travel on my little van with my shoeing tools. It would have been a little complicated to take all this along with me on an airplane.”
And did you disinfect your tools and other gear first?
”Yes I did. But there is a story behind that. At first I called the Food Institute, in order to get some advice about the procedure of doing this. It was very difficult to get any information on this from them. I disinfected my care and tools very thoroughly but the institute could not issue to me a certificate to the effect that I had done this or what else I could do. So I contacted the horse vet Helgi Sigurðsson who thought this work procedure was rather strange and told be to stop by the Veterinary Hospital. All my gear was sterilized again and then I got a certificate from MAST after Helgi had spoken with the people concerned there. For example they criticized my shoeing bag, which was made from plywood and therefore difficult to disinfect. So I exchanged that one for a new one. I think it is unbelievable that the Food Institute does not have a fixed work procedure in cases like these, when people are doing their best to take care and to abide by the regulations of disinfection.”
Eiðfaxi wishes Óskar all the best in his work in Denmark.