A native of Wyoming and raised on a ranch in the southeastern part of the State, Mike started shoeing horses at 16 under his dad's direction. In 1975, to expand his knowledge, Mike attended a shoeing school at Central Wyoming College under Bob Daniels. Until the 1990's he shod horses the traditional way. In search of solutions to interfering, over-reaching and a variety of lameness issues that conventional shoeing couldn't solve, he went to Penrose, Colorado and became certified in the Equine Lameness Prevention Organization's "Natural Balance" program. Today Mike is an active member of the organization, participating in their monthly "Farrier's night" program held at Countryside Vet in Greeley, teaching at LCCC and maintains his own shop in Torrington, Wyoming. Always exploring the possibilities of new technology and science, Mike is an enthusiastic practitioner toward the horse's overall well-being. Sport Horse is grateful for Mike's affiliation, participation and support. It's been a "natural" fit.
In an effort to help horsemen learn more about their horse's feet and legs Mike sponsors seminars at his shop. There you can learn the structures of the feet and their purpose, balance and the sole plane and lameness issues as a result of distortions. A most valuable seminar for all, it will equip you to identify distortions and ask appropriate questions of your farriers, appreciate the complexity of the equine foot and performance as well as your farrier's job. Sport Horse highly recommends Mike's "Hoof Care Seminar". Contact Mike here for information regarding seminars, questions in general or about ELPO or trimming/shoeing.
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