What I Require
Please provide me with a flat, well lit, indoor area to work where I have access to electricity.
I drive a 2-wheel drive truck and will need a solid place to park within reasonable walking distance to and from the horse.
I expect the horses to be in or caught and prepared to be worked on. This includes being free of dirt and mud. I may refuse to work on muddy horses as this limits the quality of my job and can be a saftey hazard.
I schedule every horse immediately after the work is completed. I schedule my follow up appointments for 4-8 weeks. Each situation is different and your horse's needs vary through out the year. The more regularly I see your horses the less likely it is that there will be problems.
What You Can Expect
You can count on me to be on time. I will call you to let you know if I am running ahead or behind of schedule.
I am extremely picky with the quality of my work - you can count on me to never quit until the job is completed to the best of my ability. As long as the horses are safe to be around, I will give them my undivided attention.
I will be understanding of each horse's individual needs and will work with you to acheive your goals.
Safety is always first. Please do not expect a stranger to work on a horse that you do not trust yourself.
Some of the things I do differently.
HOT SHAPING: Shaping a shoe with a forge and anvil when he metal is heated to an orange color. This allows me to shape a shoe to fit your horse more precisely.
HOT FITTING: After shaping the shoe it is then briefly applied to the horses hoof to burn the bottom of the hoof, this helps to create a better bond between the shoe and hoof and it also helps to prevent bacterial infection.
HANDMADE SHOES: there are a lot of great products on the market but I would have to carry every type of horseshoe known to man. Instead of making a horse sacrifice for only carrying a certain type of shoe I employ my ability to make shoes that will only work for your horse on the spot. Including corrective shoes.
CORRECTIVE WORK: As stated above all of my corrective shoes are custom made with a few exceptions. I encourage that a veterinarian work with us to ensure the best results for your horse. ( Most times a horse just needs an educated hand to trim or shoe it "properly")
GENTLE TOUCH: I have watched many farriers with sore tired backs take out their pain physically on a horse that may have a sore tired back as well. If I feel a horse is being malicious, I will refuse my services. If I feel that fear or pain is the issue, I will try to accommodate the horse as much as possible. Being calm and gentle has given me more success with horses than being aggressive.