For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
The above poem is an old English nursery rhyme that warned children of the consequences of one thoughtless act. In this poem, a blacksmith doesn’t make enough horseshoe nails, which in turn results in a domino effect of unfortunate events, until finally the kingdom is lost. This poem was often quoted by Benjamin Franklin, who used the rhyme to emphasize the importance of attending to details. At the New Jersey Equine Clinic we take make foot care a priority. The feet of every patient in the hospital are cleaned and checked daily. Joe Rayll, farrier for New Jersey Equine Clinic, visits our campus twice weekly to maintain the feet of long-term patients and horses in the turnout center.