The activity in this painting brings it to life with the young farrier busy shoeing one draft horse while the owner, smoking a pipe, converses with the senior farrier. Notice the wooden shoes of both farriers, common to life in rural Denmark during this period. The lighting on the pair of draft horses is excellent, notice their tails, mane, harness and muscles, etc. The canvas is mounted in a gilt wood frame and signed in the lower right C. Hertz - Danish artist Carl Hertz (1879 - ? ). There are minor nicks and losses to the gilded frame that are consistent with age.