Floyd Fuller, Vermont's Legendary Horseman - floydfuller
Meet Floyd and You Will Know Why He Was Loved By So Many!
Floyd was the 4th son and the last child of Elijah and Hattie Curtis Fuller who lived on a 450-acre dairy farm at the very top of Fuller Hill in Warren, Vermont. He was lucky to have a uniquely talented father who was truly gifted with training and healing horses. A most unfortunate fact was that Elijah did not share his compounds and various homemade medicines with his sons as he was frequently sought out from folks in the valley when their horses were ill and especially if the local vet was unsuccessful. Although not formally schooled, he studied on his own, even dissecting carcasses to fully understand what caused the demise of a particular horse. He was very protective of his business as he frequently warned Floyd 'don't tell everything you know'.
Floyd was a talented Equine Dentist in his later years after selling his own dairy farm. He was invited to teach in seminars attended by area vets who had learned of his legendary reputation and who's egos were in check. Floyd never had to sedate a stallion in order to float his teeth. The horses could sense something special about him. He was gentle and never caused a sore mouth from careless bumps to the tender tissue that surround the back teeth. Listen to this...An owner of a stallion called his vet to float his animal. Due to the stallion's undesirable ground manners, the vet told the owner he was not interested in working on this horse. Someone suggested Floyd. The owner asked 'that old man?' Still doubtful, he called Floyd, and was utterly dumbfounded when the stallion stood still and allowed Floyd to float his teeth without incident and certainly without sedation which Floyd never carried anyways. These stories and more can be heard from Floyd himself if you access the Vermont Folklife Cultural Center's website. Be sure to notice the photos below as they will tell you themselves how things were done in the old days when machines were not available. Check out the various articles where Floyd won an award or was written about in local papers. Floyd was loved and respected by young and old around the state. You can't be given awards, be voted President in various organizations, or be the honored Parade Marshall if people didn't think highly of you. As folks grow older, most are forgotten about but not Floyd! One year he received 150 Christmas cards! His funeral had to be held in Chandler Music Hall due to the overwhelming number of those who mourned. Although his body is gone, his legendary love for horses and people will remain with us forever.
Photos, Articles, Elijah, Old Homeplace, Etc.
Check Out the Horse Pulled Equipment Used in the Good Ole' Days!
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Listen To The Past With Floyd Fuller Digital Interviews!
Double click on this Vermont Folklife Cultural Center link, and type in Floyd Fuller. Then click Mad River Valley and scroll down to the first 'Interview with Floyd Fuller'. There will be 5 separate interviews on 'tape' in that section. Begin with those. He describes the hard life on the farm; his multi-talented father, Elijah Fuller, the valley veterinarian, horse trainer, blacksmith and dairy farmer; Saturday night dances, and be sure to listen for the amazing true stories that will floor you especially about the bear and how Elijah healed a horse's broken leg!
President of Orange County Farm Bureau
Topsy and Kit, Floyd's Favorite Work Horses
Gertrude, Floyd's Beloved Wife of Over 50 Years!
Parade Marshall, 1984, Randolph, Vermont
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