The flying farrier


Do local women shoe horses, too?


Not yet, but we will welcome them in our school. We have a Punjabi girl who is ready to register, and we have an Iranian girl who will join the course next year.

When girls are working in our profession they are very passionate and most of the time they are our best students. We already had three volunteers who are women, two from Germany who are also equine veterinarians and a Finn who was an excellent teacher for forging.

Let’s see if we can break the cast system in India to make the women work as farriers and make the men babysit!


You are a big supporter of the Marwari breed – could you tell a little about them? 


The Marwari horses are a part of the Indian history and we see them in the old miniature painting from Rajasthan. They are very strong horses, with a strong temperament, ready to cover huge distances without tiring, some of them are even pacers and most of them are very easy and comfortable to ride. Anyone who wants to ride in India should go for a safari in Rajasthan for a week or more to discover the wilderness of the countryside.


What is the best part about your work?


The best part is the number of friends I have made around the world who have become family. The farriery is a very small profession in numbers, but when you create your network it’s a big chain around the world in which each farrier is a link. My hope is to make the Flying Anvil Foundation continues to fly higher and farther and that its mission lasts for a very long time after I’m gone.

The good luck related to the horse shoes is a part of the superstition and mythology in every country and everywhere the stories are different. But one thing is sure – as long as you hang the shoe on the wall in the right way the luck will stay inside the shoe and you will be the lucky one…




Bernard Duvernay has been at the head of a farriery company in  Geneva in Switzerland for over 30 years. Named the “Flying Anvil” by his colleagues, he has travelled the world as a consultant farrier in famous stables and in development programs .


He is a well-known lecturer and organizer of continuing education programs in several countries,  visiting  the best Thoroughbred stud farms in India regularly for the last 20 years.

He was admitted to the farriers’ “Hall of fame 2011” in the USA for his contribution to the improvement of the farriery standard in many countries.


As a final contribution to his career, in 2010,  Bernard  created the “Flying Anvil Foundation “ to help farriery in remote countries where there are no education structures or programs for the profession.

In 2013 he created the India’s first farriery institute, FAF-FID – Flying Anvil Foundation-Farriery Institute Dundlod, which was inaugurated in April 2014.


And fitted shoes



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