At the Snake River Stampede, a farrier's work is never done

At the Snake River Stampede, a farrier's work is never done »Play Video
NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- Dennis Luetge of Hempstead, Texas was working all day in the hot sun, shoeing horses, getting ready for the start of the Snake River Stampede, which runs through Saturday.

In the cowboy world, he's known as a farrier.

Luetge says the trick to his trade is -- know what you're doing.

"I've been doin' it all my life," he said. "My dad's done it, my grandfather's done it. And they taught me. You just kinda gotta know what you're doing."

A lot of it depends on the horse, but we're told that usually a ferrier puts on new horseshoes on a steed every five weeks.

The profession of a farrier goes back centuries and really took off with the development of roads. A horse's hooves had to be protected on the rougher terrain

Luetge charges $100 per horse and back in Hempstead, Texas; he keeps real busy.

"When I'm at home, I shoe seven or eight a day, five days a week. Forty head a week, 160 a month," he said. Does he ever get tired of it?

"No, I can't," he said. "It's all I know."

Shoeing horses may be all he knows.

But count on it, he knows what he's doing.