AFA Certified Farrier by the
 
American Farrier's Association
 AFA Member # 7332

Farrier Art   by Chris Minick


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 Full Service Equine Podiatry

 Serving the San Francisco Bay Area Counties

Just as no two people have the exact same foot-protection needs, I offer the correct and most ethical hoof care solution for every horse--barefoot or not.

Providing service with attention to detail that is dependable, caring, ethical and professional in all phases of trimming and horseshoeing.

Farrier Art offers full service equine podiatry, not just barefoot trimming.  47% of the horses I service are trimmed.  However, I have the skill to provide more foot protection and mitigate lameness problems by applying shoes meant to solve lameness issues.  Some horses get by well without shoes--depending on how fast their feet grow, how abrasive and rocky the ground is, and how often they are ridden. I recognize that all horses have individual hoof care needs based on conformation, breed, age, gaits, athletic demands, and shoeing restrictions for show horses.

I highly recommend that you do not use a so-called "barefoot trimmer", especially if they have only taken a course by Dr. Hiltrud Strasser, a German veterinarian.  Henry Heymering, an AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier, has written an article in the Anvil Magazine, The Strasser Method Trim Considered, with which I greatly concur.

Some horses can go barefoot, and some horses can't, and it's that simple.  Anyone who tells you different either does not have the skill to distinguish when trimming alone is not in the best interests of the horse, is most likely completely ignorant of the many proven ways to enhance horses' wellbeing, or they have never bothered to seek training at an established and reputable farrier school.  In other words, they don't even know how much they don't know about  maintaining soundness in horses.

Full Service Equine Podiatry



The most common reasons people give for spending money on horse maintenance are recreation and relaxation to reduce stress, its value in promoting character training in children, and the challenge of competition.

Associations:  Active Member American Farriers Association & Western States Farriers Association.

Horsemanship Background:  As a young man, I had thousands of hours of riding experience on a working 22,000 acre (deeded) cattle ranch and 125,000 leased acres BLM and Forrest Service land in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.  I have shod thousands of horses throughout my  career since 1972.

 

To the left:  A happy client, Deborah Shuetz-Jones, with her son, Hunter, and her winning 1st place Saddlebred, Thank Heaven, (Jessie).