When the Job Wears Us Out: Burn Out and Compassion Fatigue

Most hoofcare professionals got into the job because we want to improve horses’ soundness and quality of life, and give hope to owners struggling with horses with lameness issues or hoof pathology. Anyone who works in hoof rehab will likely say it’s can be a very rewarding career! But, on the other hand, it can also be a very difficult one. Struggling with difficult clients, difficult horses, and difficult cases can lead to career-ending issues such as burn out and compassion fatigue.

In the latest podcast episode, Dr. Jenny Susser (sports psychologist), Kendra Skorstad (farrier), and Sydney Kotow (farrier) all discuss how burn out and compassion fatigue affects the equestrian world, but specifically focusing on hoofcare providers for this conversation. While this episode is geared towards professionals, owners might be interested in how cases and owner/farrier interactions can lead to burn out and compassion fatigue.

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