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Charles Berrong lifts the back leg of Nugget, a pack mule at Grand Canyon, onto his thighs before begining the shoeing process. Berrong sees a chiropractor once a month in order to counter the physically demanding work.

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If the horseshoe fits, wear it
Grand Canyon's mule ferrier Charles Berrong's unique profession keeps the Livery Barn's mules ready for the trail

Keeping Grand Canyon's 124 mules healthy and trail ready requires a coordinated effort. Max Johnson oversees the Livery Barn's operations, wranglers head teams of mules down the trail and a full-time saddle maker keeps saddles and tack in good shape. But, Charles Berrong, Grand Canyon's ferrier, would likely argue it comes down to footwork.

By Ryan Williams January 10, 2012
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