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Lewis Sharp is an accomplished farrier with servicing the Auckland region. As well as providing a punctual, professional and friendly farrier service to clients, Lewis is also the Auckaland area manager for Barton Blacksmith Services LTD

 

The saying goes 'no foot, no horse'. With this in mind, CFP-qualified farrier Bruce Barton and his highly skilled team aim to provide a professional, punctual farrier service to clients, focusing on service and attention to detail, in order to maximise their horses' comfort, soundness and performance.

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Auckland, New Zealand

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Unfortunately, Bruce has suffered a broken phone over the weekend ☹️

Bruce is unable to retrieve any text messages so if you have texted him in the last 10-14 days, please contact him again on 027 363 6596
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Unfortunately, Bruce has suffered a broken phone over the weekend ☹️  Bruce is unable to retrieve any text messages so if you have texted him in the last 10-14 days, please contact him again on 027 363 6596

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At least he knows where it is 🤣

Does this mean that I have to delete the 0211636596 number or will it work again when the phone is fixed?

As of yesterday there has been an update to how essential work permission is granted, instead of requiring a vet cert we (Qualified farriers) have now been awarded the authority to make this decision ourselves, this is good news but also comes with it great responsibility for us to make good informed judgment calls that do not put our team or customers at risk.

Here are some guidelines for you to follow - please contact your regular attending farrier directly if you think:

* My horses feet are so long/overgrown its now becoming a welfare issue and they are or are about to be lame due to this.

* My horse has an underlying issue (E.g. navicular or articular ring bone) that if not shod on time will result in a deterioration of this and thus affect the horses welfare.

* My horse has an injury that requires immediate farrier/ veterinary care.

If you meet the above criteria please directly call or txt (ideally with photos were possible) your regular attending farrier and we will assess your horse/horses over the phone on a case by case bases and give you a booking approval.

Once you have a booking approval, its just like booking in how you normally would by contacting Karley on 0211636596 advising of your approval and requesting a booking date/time.

Direct contact numbers :
Bruce Barton CFP 027 363 6596
Lewis Sharp DipWcf 021 408 301
Chad Harland DipWcf 022 496 0949
Sebastian Handley DipWcf 027 368 5886
Karley for Bookings Only 021 163 6596

Stay safe and healthy everyone in our united fight against Covid 19.

Bruce Barton
Director
Barton Blacksmith Services Ltd
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As of yesterday there has been an update to how essential work permission is granted, instead of requiring a vet cert we (Qualified farriers) have now been awarded the authority to make this decision ourselves, this is good news but also comes with it great responsibility for us to make good informed judgment calls that do not put our team or customers at risk.  Here are some guidelines for you to follow - please contact your regular attending farrier directly if you think:  * My horses feet are so long/overgrown its now becoming a welfare issue and they are or are about to be lame due to this.  * My horse has an underlying issue (E.g. navicular or articular ring bone) that if not shod on time will result in a deterioration of this and thus affect the horses welfare.  * My horse has an injury that requires immediate farrier/ veterinary care.  If you meet the above criteria please directly call or txt (ideally with photos were possible) your regular attending farrier and we will assess your horse/horses over the phone on a case by case bases and give you a booking approval.  Once you have a booking approval, its just like booking in how you normally would by contacting Karley on 0211636596 advising of your approval and requesting a booking date/time.  Direct contact numbers :
Bruce Barton CFP 027 363 6596
Lewis Sharp DipWcf 021 408 301
Chad Harland DipWcf 022 496 0949
Sebastian Handley DipWcf 027 368 5886
Karley for Bookings Only 021 163 6596  Stay safe and healthy everyone in our united fight against Covid 19.  Bruce Barton
Director 
Barton Blacksmith Services Ltd

Comment on Facebook As of yesterday ...

Thanks for this team! Keep safe 😁

Thanks 🙏 Bruce!

Jane Donachie-Jeffs

Excellent

The status has been changed and farriers ARE indeed now considered an essential service for welfare cases. This is very good news but does not mean business as usual, none essentially work is still not recommended. Please read in full the posts from the NZFA for guidelines ... See MoreSee Less

The status has been changed and farriers ARE indeed now considered an essential service for welfare cases. This is very good news but does not mean business as usual,  none essentially work is still not recommended.  Please read in full the posts from the NZFA for guidelines

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I’ve sent Karley a text.

Sonya King show Jay King please

Here are some handy tips on how to remove your horses shoes during lockdown if you are getting desperate.
I've demonstrated 4 different ways with 3 different tools so hopefully you will be able to find something around home to make do.

The last video is extremely simple/basic way to remove some toe off your horses feet if you happen to have a rasp and want to round up the edges.
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Here are some handy tips on how to remove your horses shoes during lockdown if you are getting desperate. 
Ive demonstrated 4 different ways with 3 different tools so hopefully you will be able to find something around home to make do.  The last video is extremely simple/basic way to remove some toe off your horses feet if you happen to have a rasp and want to round up the edges.

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It’s pretty straightforward to get a note from your vet to allow your farrier to come and do essential work

Thankyou for posting, I will probably need to try and remove my shoes if this lockdown continues. Appreciate your time and help 🙂

My horse has thrown both front shoes farrier was due last week One hoof still has nails in how can I remove these? Tia

It is no help to me and many others who have been locked out of our grazing and denied access to our horses.

Thanks for posting that Bruce. Hope your keeping well in your bubble down South looks like your all set for the winter with that beard😉👍🏼

How come it doesn't matter what you say or try to help people are saying they can't. Such negative Nelly's. A call to vet if you have to. Farrier can still go to horse if you are absolutely in need.

Nice one Bruce. I bet you are being kept busy at home with all the dressage horses. Looks like Yr business is thriving too, hope all is well up your neck of the woods (I moved south to Cambridge)

Thank you, great videos and brilliant resource to help people stay safe and horses stay comfy.

Thanking for this information! I've been worried about trying to get my horses shoes off

Thank you for taking the time to do this. Our 4 legged friends and I appreciate it.😊🐎

Great idea Bruce - thank you on behalf of our dobbins

Thanks for giving out this info. Awesome matey 👍🐎🐎

Thanks for posting. Now to get hubby to get into the fencing supplies. Not for another 4 weeks tho as I usually am able to do 7 weeks

What a great way to pull shoes off, thank you !

Awesome Bruce, 👏 hi to Vic , stay safe you two xx

Awesome! Thanks, I got my front shoes off today and will rasp front toes tomorrow

Really helpful advice for people who may need it.

Awesome idea to put this up thanks heaps!!

Awesome video, thanks for taking the time to put this up.

Thank you as our new horse shoes were thin will give a further go the front

Thanks Bruce, great video.

Thank you very much for posting very helpful :)

Fantastic video to help people, thank you.

This is brilliant. Thankyou so much

Thank you very handy for us right now

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Dear valued clients, unfortunately the ruling is that we can not continue our regular work whilst at level 4. I know this may be very distressing for some of you.
We are however allowed to carry out work upon veterinary consent/referral for emergency or animal welfare cases (for example Laminitis)

THIS DOES NOT MEAN CALLING YOUR VET FOR CONSENT FOR A REGULAR SHOEING OR TRIM!
If you are concerned about your horses feet and unsure where you sit as to if it is an emergency or animal welfare case i'm happy to be contacted directly with photos and a phone call on 0273636596 and give you advice as to whether you should call your veterinarian or not. (This is to take the pressure off our vets fielding unnecessary phone calls when there may be an emergency call trying to get through.)

Hopefully we will be back in action in 4 weeks if we all abide by the self isolation and DON'T TRY FIND LOOP HOLES.

Keep safe everyone in our united fight against Covid 19.

Many Thanks
Bruce Barton

Director
Barton Blacksmith Services Ltd
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Thanks for the update. How should we go about re-booking if we have booked in the next 4 weeks? Will you automatically reschedule everyone and let us know when you can fit us in or do we need to text to arrange a day? No doubt everyone will want you in the first week back at level 3!

Considering that this l/d may continue longer than the 4weeks and there are those who live fairly remotely so need to wait for the time on the farriers circuit to the area, do you have any suggestions how to remove shoes if one has no equipment. I personally have my own solution using stuff which could probably be got out of the average do-it-yourselfers shed …...

PLEASE READ - Health and Safety plan for future visits– COVID 19

Following the announcement of the country’s Alert Status 2, we are implementing a system to keep YOU as a client safe, and OURSELVES as equine care professionals safe, to ensure we can provide your horses with long term health care for the next 12 months.

As your horse’s health service provider, we need to implement additional health and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as best as we can. We see many clients daily, so we have implemented disinfection protocols for ourselves and our trucks for the coming weeks. We want to continue providing our services to you. Help us keep everyone safe.

We will disinfect prior to arrival, and on departure from your property. In addition to washing our hands, we will disinfect all equipment used. Our visit format will be slightly adjusted. This will involve us working on horse with as much physical distance from yourselves as possible. This could involve horses being tied up. If your horse has an issue with being tied up and requires a handler, there may be a small charge for this service.

THIS IS SERIOUS; disrespecting our protocol will result in a DECLINE OF OUR SERVICES TO YOU for the foreseeable future!
In order to continue providing you with a safe service, YOU MUST inform us prior to arrival at your property;
• If you are self-isolating,
• Aged 70 or over,
• Have a compromised immune system.

In addition, if you experienced any of the following symptoms in the past 24- 72 hours;
• Dry Cough
• Breathing difficulties
• Fever and Tiredness
• Other flu- like symptoms
The reason we would like to know about the above symptoms, is to ensure we all remain as healthy as possible, and avoid the normal causes of the common cold from lowering our immune systems.

Further to our new implemented disinfection protocol, if you report any of the above criteria, or the above symptoms, we will implement the following;
• we will disinfect prior to arrival
• we will use our own halters & lead ropes to hold your horse
• we will then handle your horse and treat your horse, with yourselves at a 2m distance
• discussions with yourselves will be from a 2m distance, via the phone, or email only!

If you are unable to make arrangements for someone to catch and hold your horse during our visit, we will provide a halter and a handler to bring your horse into the work area from a nearby paddock or holding pen. There may be a small charge for this service.

We will monitor the situation through the appropriate agencies but at this time we plan to stay open and keep current appointments with the above modifications. Even though many equestrian events have been cancelled for the next 3 months, we appreciate our clients may still wish to keep their shoeing and trims cycles as you would normally at this time of the year.

Moving forward over the next few months, if you wish to have shoes off and go barefoot for a bit for financial reasons, please discuss this with our team so they can advise what is the best option for each horse. Also if your horse is in reduced work, we can also discuss a longer shoeing or trimming cycle for the same reasons.

Your horse’s health is important to us and we want to continue providing you with the comprehensive service that you are used to. We do require your help to be able to do this. The COVID-19 virus is a problem for the foreseeable future. We believe we have implemented a health and safety protocol that is achievable long term.

We hope that everyone is staying healthy over this disruptive period. Let’s work together and keep each other safe.
We promise to be 100% accurate with our disinfection protocols. We need your promise to provide us with the correct ‘at risk update’ of your property.

This is not about being embarrassed, or pointing fingers. This is about keeping everyone safe, and the Barton Blacksmith Team COVID-19 free so that we are available when you need us.

Please don’t hesitate to contact Bruce directly on 027 363 6596 for any more information regarding our new health and safety protocol.
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Maybe add travel to your list. Clients MUST tell you if they have traveled via plane lately. Even just from Auck to Chch and back... Stay Safe.....

Jane Donachie-Jeffs

We've had some feedback about the email which offered the new Direct Debit payment option.

The email used the word mandate, which was misleading as it implied the Direct Debit option was going to become compulsory.

This is definitely not the case - it's simply another payment option available for our clients. This is in addition to the existing Pay Now via debit or credit card, bank transfer and cash payment options. Like many organisations, we are phasing out cheques.

You're not obligated to sign up for direct debit or commit to any single payment option. We are more than happy for you to continue making prompt payments for our services as you have been for the last 6 years.

If you have any further invoice or payment queries, please email bartonblacksmith@gmail.com.

For appointments & bookings, please continue to contact 021 163 6596.
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Hope you're all enjoying the Christmas & New Year as much as I am - myself and the lads are taking a few well earned days off.

On behalf of the whole team, thanks for your continued support. And special thanks to the clients who made an extra fuss of us with the "odd" Christmas treat over the last couple of weeks.

We'll be back on Mon 6 Jan and it looks like the start of 2020 is going to be another busy one - the first couple of weeks are nearly fully booked in both Auckland and Central Otago. So if you are needing a booking in the new year, please text 021 163 6596.
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Hope youre all enjoying the Christmas & New Year as much as I am - myself and the lads are taking a few well earned days off.  On behalf of the whole team, thanks for your continued support. And special thanks to the clients who made an extra fuss of us with the odd Christmas treat over the last couple of weeks.  Well be back on Mon 6 Jan and it looks like the start of 2020 is going to be another busy one - the first couple of weeks are nearly fully booked in both Auckland and Central Otago. So if you are needing a booking in the new year, please text 021 163 6596.

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Well deserved holiday for you all have a Happy New Year! 🥳

Fabulous team thank you for a great year of keeping our horses feeling good!

Great stuff! I’ve got honey here from our bees. Adding to your gift haul 😆😆

Haha and the tea in the bottom corner to detox after all the alcohol😉 you guys are awesome, thanks for everything!

Super well deserved team!

I have beer for you at home too 😂😂 looks like you don’t need it though hahaha

Classic😂

Great post Bruce!

Sarah Farrugia

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