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Clutching a glowing red horseshoe between blacksmith's tongs, Meddah Larbi delights in his passion caring for horses' hooves, as one of Algeria's last farriers.It's as if I've turned the radio on, it fills me with happiness," 39-year-old Larbi said.Some of the tools he still uses have barely changed since the Middle Ages, while the work of a farrier dates back more than 1,000 years.Working eight-hour days in Tiaret, he passes his free time with private clients across Algeria.The work is tough and farriers need to be fit, Larbi said, with long days spent bending down holding onto a horse's leg.There is no formal training center for farriers in Algeria, and Larbi said two apprentices he took under his wing quit after six months.In the past 20 years, the number of Algerian farriers has fallen from around 15 to no more than six, apart from those working for the Republican Guard.
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