Kamal Bahrin quit school at the age of 13 to take care of horses. Twenty years later, he is a farrier at the Selangor Turf Club in Seri Kembangan where his love and care for the animals is evident every day.
Every day, Kamal Bahrin inspects the shoes of the horses at the Selangor Turf Club.
Horse shoes must be changed every four weeks to ensure that the animals are fit and groomed for training and competitions.
Kamal begins by locking the horse's foot in place between his legs and removing the existing shoe. He carves away any loose flakes of horn from the sole, using a horse pick and hoof knife to remove compacted dirt, mud, rocks and manure.
Next, he levels the sole of the hoof, using a rasp to ensure that the bottom is smooth and flat.
A horseshoe is simply a bar of steel which is bent to fit the shape of the hoof and then nailed into place.
Some of the nails which Kamal uses to hold the shoe in place on the horse's foot.
Once Kamal is satisfied with the level and placement of the shoe, he nails it into place. Although some farriers use glue to attach the shoes, Kamal prefers nails as these hold them perfectly against the edge of the hoof.
Kamal makes some adjustments once the shoe is on the hoof.
After that, he gives the hoof a once-over with a rasp, smoothing out any uneven spots and giving the hoof a nice clean finish.
It takes about 30-40 minutes for Kamal to change a full set of horseshoes.
It's tedious work, but Kamal loves his job as well as the animals he cares for every day.