Hello, everyone, and welcome to my website. I hope you will find helpful information here, and thereby become more familiar with the horse’s hoof.
I am a Certified Farrier (someone who is an equine hoof specialist) serving St. Louis and surrounding counties in the state of Missouri. I attended Heartland Horseshoeing School in Lamar, MO, and studied under Chris, Kelly, and Cody Gregory, a family of amazing farriers and educators. At the end of the summer, I graduated from the Advanced Farrier Course, which required the application of handmade shoes to pass. HHS is world-renowned for being one of the toughest schools in the world, yet the best. It is well known that only those who work hard and apply themselves will achieve the status of a graduate. In fact, we learned most of the things that the apprentices in the UK learn in 4 years, including deep study of equine anatomy and many pathologies. All of this is why a significant percentage of students at HHS drop out every year. The homepage of their website linked above clearly represents this truth. And yet, for those willing, it is a great place to learn. I studied side-by-side with students from Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, and met many other great farriers from Brazil, Australia, and other places. This was my “birthplace” into this trade.
After graduating, I began preparing for certification with the American Farriers Association. There are three different tests in the certification process. There is the written test, which is, well, a written test. This tests knowledge of farriery across a wide range of topics, including knowledge of common pathologies. Then there is the practical test. This consists of shoeing a pair of hooves with manufactured (keg) shoes to certification standards in one hour. Finally, there is the forging test. To pass this test, one must create a shoe display with eleven separate modifications, an oral test for the modifications, and an on-site forging demonstration. If all three of these sub-tests are passed at one event, then the forging test is passed.
I went to three separate certifications, at each passing one of my tests. At the October, 2012 certification at HHS, I passed my shoe display and became officially Certified under AFA Examiner Jason Harmeson. You can see my picture with him on my home page.
Since then, I have been working on improving my craft and preparing for the Certified Journeyman Farrier test. My goal is to keep your horse sound, so you can keep horsing around!
If you would like to schedule a time to have your horses shod or trimmed, call me at (314) 420-9220 or visit my contact page.
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