Experience

It is my objective to provide
Professional Farrier Services
To meet your horse’s
precise Hoof & Posture Balance needs
While also providing
Correct Protection, Traction, and Gait Support

To achieve this, I actively pursue…
Professional Development Experiences
...in both Farriery and Horsemanship



Dave Ellis - Western Dressage and PNH

Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater, NH - Thursday June 23 - Sunday June 26 2016

An introduction to western dressage, with a focus on the principals of Parelli Natural Horsemanship


Lauren Barwick - Refinement at Your Level

Ladd Farm LLC Bridgewater NH - Thursday May 26 - Friday May 29

Auditor

Introducing the bit, soft feel, relaxation, stretching, biomechanics of horse and rider, as well as rhythm & building confidence in horse and rider. A clinic for the pleasure rider wanting to help their horse use themselves better, and for the more advanced rider who needs to check off all the prerequisites with excellence so advancement is easy.

 

23rd Annual Horseshoes Plus Spring Clinic

Horseshoes Plus, Barrington, NH  - Saturday March 19, 2016

Travis Burns, CJF TE EE AWCF APF, presented a lectures on Adding Modern Materials to Your Farrier Practice, Current Concepts in Pathophysiology of Laminitis, Strategies for Managing Developmental/Acute Laminitis, Strategies for Managing Chronic Laminitis, and some Case Presentations


Paige Posse - Hands On Clinic

Meader's Supply, Rochester, NH

Friday November 4, 2015

Anatomy and Dissection clinic. Focus on distortion.


Dr. Stephen E. O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS Virginia Therapeutic Farriery

Myhre Equine Clinic 28th Annual Farrier and Veterinarian Conference, Rochester, NH.

October 15th and 16th, 2015

“Form to Function” a general discussion of shoeing principles as related to anatomy, conformation, and physiology; Sub solar abscess management from minor to catastrophic events; Acute and chronic laminitis management and shoeing; Navicular disease corrective shoeing; “Club” foot diagnosis and care; “Canker” treatment and prognosis; a “barefoot” trim perspective; Farrier & Veterinarian “relationship”; Clinical case work up, treatment, and corrective shoeing


Daisy Bicking - Identifying Hoof Distortion

Live And Let Live Farm, Chichester, NH - Friday August 7th 2012

Participant, day one of a 3-day clinic focused on identifying hoof distortion.


Kelly Sigler Patterson – Super Trail/ACTHA Prep "Spook and Survive"

Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater, NH - Saturday May 23, 2015

Auditor, morning session. Focus on Rider Biomechanics. How to achieve a safe and secure riding position. And how to become a more effective rider through a better understanding of what you are doing in your body. Exercises will help you break old negative patterns. Learn how to align your seat and posture with your horse, despite any physical issues that you might have, helping assure you maintain the correct position. Followed by online exercises and strategies to help a horse gain confidence with obstacles.


Equine Conformation and Lameness, AAS 426

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH - Spring 2015

Prof. Laurie Chapman-Bosco and Prof. Jean Demetracopoulos co-taught this semester long course offered as part of the UNH Applied Animal Science curriculum. Study of equine conformation as it relates to soundness and performance. This course emphasizes the study of basic lameness caused by faulty conformation, and the courses of action that can be taken to deal with the problems, including symptoms and prognosis. This includes a study of type analysis.


Vermont Farrier's Association 2015 Spring Clinic

Castleton State College, Castleton, VT - Saturday March 28, 2015

Mike Wildenstein presented a clinic on "WHY DO WE SHOE HORSES DIFFERENTLY?: Shoeing horses for different disciplines, breeds, conformations, health issues and why?"  Following the clinic, several other topics were reviewed, including an in-depth discussion of fungal infection and while line disease in the hoof


22nd Annual Horseshoes Plus Spring Clinic

Horseshoes Plus, Barrington, NH - Saturday March 22, 2015

Jeff Ridley APF, CJF, TE presented a clinic on; The fundamentals that cannot be arbitrarily ignored, Vet farrier relations, Using technology to document what you do, Evaluating Lamenesses, and Hoof Avulsions and treatments.


Dr. William Moyer, DVM, ACSMR -  Equine Shoeing and Lameness

Myhre Equine Clinic 27th Annual Farrier and Veterinarian Conference, Rochester, NH.

October 9th and 10th, 2014

Clinical examination of the foot. Chronic laminitis: Dealing with the myriad complications. How can farriers and veterinarians deal with foot problems without a definitive diagnosis? Simple, reliable hoof crack repair. Wet Lab. Examination of the lame horse - a guided tour through the musculoskeletal system. Several horses utilized and followed from diagnostics to corrective shoeing. 


21st Annual Horseshoes Plus Spring Clinic

Horseshoes Plus, Barrington, NH - Saturday March 15, 2014

Blake Brown, retired from his practice of 20 years as resident farrier at Loomis Basin Equine Medical Center in Northern California, presented a seminar on recognizing signs of imbalances in the horse's hoof.


Ted Stashak DVM, MS, DACVS - Navicular Syndrome, Laminitis, and Case-Based Management of Extremity Wounds

Myhre Equine Clinic 26th Annual Farrier and Veterinarian Conference, Rochester, NH

October 31 and November 1, 2013

Dr. Ted Stashak is an international lecturer, researcher, and author of "Adams' Lameness in Horses," "Equine Wound Management," and several others. He discussed the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of Navicular Disease and Laminitis, as well as a discussion of hoof, hoof wall, distal limb lacerations, and the treatment of these conditions. 


Dave Ellis 5 Star Parelli Master Instructor - Ranch Versatility, Stockmanship, Ranch Riding, and Trail Clinic

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, June 14-18 2013

Ranch Horse Versatility is rapidly becoming the most popular sport for nonprofessionals in America. Focus on riding dynamics, cattle management, and trail principles.


Dave Ellis, 5* Parelli Instructor: Advancing Horsemanship Camp - Focus on Foundation

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, June 8-12 2013

Improve your horse’s foundation. Looking at Foundation Development through the lens of Horse training rather than People training, using concepts from Colt starting/ Re-starting. .  


Healthy Stride Study Tour

Ocala, FL Tuesday April 9, 2013 thru Friday April 12, 2012

Four Day Intensive One-on-one studies with Jim Crew, founder of Healthy Stride. Specific focus was utilizing a variety of modalities to match utility and also achieve appropriate biomechanical and postural support. Orthopedic support applications for Barefoot, Epona's, Natural Balance Shoes, etc.


20th Annual Horseshoes Plus Spring Clinic

Horseshoes Plus, Barrington, NH - Saturday March 23, 2013

Dr Steve O'Grady, DVM, MRCVS, APF. Topics Included: The Equine Foot - Form and Function as it Pertains to Farriery; Proper Physiological Horseshoeing - What It Is and How We Apply It; Sheared Heels and the Correlation to Quarter Cracks - Thoughts on Quarter Crack Repair; Farriery For The Young Horse - Newborn to Six Months of Age 


Vermont Farriers Association 2013 Spring Clinic

Vermont State Technical College, Randolph Center, VT - Saturday March 9 2013

Featuring Michael Wildenstein, CJF, FWCF. Topics included: Trimming Parameters; Horseshoes for Soft Tissue Lesions of the Equine Lower Limb; Limb Deviations


3RD ANNUAL STANDARDS OF HOOFCARE: VETERINARIAN AND FARRIER PARTNERSHIP

Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, November 18, 2012

Bryan Fraley, DVM of Fraley Equine Podiatry, a specialized equine podiatry practice in Lexington, Kentucky and a partner with Hagyards Equine Medical Institute. Topics included: Podiatry Show & Tell: Interesting Cases; Glue-On Technologies to Treat the Debilitated Foot; Practical Techniques for Shoeing the Chronic Laminitic Horse; Live Demonstration – Shoeing and Gluing Techniques. 6 CE hours for the veterinary community.


About the Hoof

Presented by Shira Nafshi and Kathleen Bono on Saturday November 10, 2012

Topics included Hoof Anatomy; The "Good" Hoof; Hoof Pathologies; and The Natural Lifestyle. Focus was barefoot methodologies and theories.


Horshoe's Plus 20th Anniversary Celebration Clinic

Horseshoe's Plus, Barrington, NH - November 2, 2012

Featuring Patrick Reilly, Chief of Farrier Services at the New Bolton Center

*Knife sharpening with Tim McPhee

*Sigafoos Glue On Shoe Demonstration with Rebecca Watts


Prior*Proper*Preparation*Prevention with Parelli: Kelly Sigler, 3 Star Parelli Professional and Equine Technical Emergency Rescue Specialists Justin McLeod and Tori Miller of the North Carolina Specialized Mobile Animal Rescue Team (NC SMART)

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater, NH October 19-21, 2012

Equine Behavior and Handling in Emergencies, Incidents on the Trail, Transportation, Accidents and Trailer Incidents, Incidents in the Pasture, Emergency Evacuation, Incidents in the Barn, Roadside Emergencies, Incidents with Ice / Snow, Barn and Wild Fires.


Myhre Equine Clinic 2012 Farrier & Veterinarian Conference

Myhre Equine Clinic, Rochester, NH -  October 11 & 12, 2012

Steve Kraus, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Head Farrier

*Evaluation and corrective shoeing of conformational limb and foot defects

*Practical use of acrylics to treat hoof wall abnormalities

*"Myhre Minute." Practical and technological updates such as laminitis treatment of chronic and acute cases, avulsed hoof outcome, and more.

*Wet lab. Practical application of corrective shoes. Topics will include navicular shoes, glue-on shoes, laminitis shoes, and the diagnosis and treatment of various conditions.


Kelly Sigler, 3* Parelli Instructor: Preparing for Contact

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, August 3-4 2012

Simulations to prepare horse and rider. Online and freestyle skills, including the steady rein, to insure success in the "Game of Contact." Body awareness and your positions as well as awareness of horse's posture, starting on the ground and then in the saddle. 


Shelby Hume Dressage, Naturally Instructor: The Sweet Spot of Healthy Biomechanics

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, June 29, 2012

Dressage, Naturally is in demand all over the world. The Dressage, Naturally concept helps students of natural horsemanship access the knowledge of dressage in a way that preserves the partnership.


Dave Ellis, 5* Parelli Instructor: Ranch Versatility, Stockmanship, Ranch Riding, and Trail Clinic

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, , June 17-21 2012


Dave Ellis, 5* Parelli Instructor: Advancing Horsemanship Camp - Focus on Foundation

Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, Bridgewater NH, , June 11-15 2012

Improve your horse’s foundation. Develop your horses further by utilizing Pat Parelli’s Principles and the Seven Games. Looking at Foundation Development through the lens of Horse training rather than People training, using concepts from Colt starting/ Re-starting. Look at what the Parelli games and levels mean to the horse. Dig in and find holes in our foundation and gain strategies to strengthen and improve.  

 

Mike Milster, CJF: "Shoeing in Everyday Situations"

Meader's Supply 23rd Annual Farrier Appreciation Day, Rochester NH, Saturday, April 28, 2012


Dusty Franklin, CJF: "Every Day Horseshoeing"

Nineteenth Annual Spring Farrier Clinic, Horseshoes Plus, Barrington NH Saturday, March 17, 2012


Southern New England Farrier's Association: Member, Board of Directors, 2012-2013 


2ND ANNUAL STANDARDS OF HOOFCARE: VETERINARIAN AND FARRIER PARTNERSHIP
Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Southern New England Farriers Association
Saturday, October 29, 2011                         
Doug Butler, PhD (veterinary anatomy & equine nutrition), CJF, FWCF
Dr. Butler has devoted his life to studying problems associated with horse foot care and simplifying essential information into usable solutions that he shares with his students and fellow horse professionals. He presented the following programs:

  • Building Effective Farrier/Veterinary Teams
  • Practical Horse Foot Anatomy for Farriers and Veterinarians 
  • Principles of Sound Trimming and Shoeing 
  • Principles of Mechanical Treatment of Laminitis/Founder
  • Principles of Mechanical Treatment of Navicular and Other Foot Problems 


24th Annual Myhre Equine Clinic Fall Farrier and Veterinarian Conference

Saturday October 22, 2011
Christopher Pollitt BVSc, PHD and Donald Walsh BS, DVM
Dr. Pollitt will discussed anatomy and pathophysiology. Dr. Walsh complemented with a discussion of the laminitis etiology, early detection, and prognosis of future laminitis treatment. Conclusion included highlighting several interesting cases.

Todd Walker: Everyday Horseshoeing
Farrier Clinic, Horseshoes Plus, Barrington NH, September 17 2011

Austin Eden, CJF: Shoeing Sport Horses
Farrier Clinic,
 Meader Supply 22nd Annual Farrier Appreciation Day, Rochester NH, April 30 2011

Bob Pethick: ONTRACK gait analysis software
Farrier Clinic, Vermont Farrier's Association, Middlebury VT, March 26 2011

Esco Buff: Founder and Laminitis
Farrier Clinic, Horseshoes Plus Farrier Appreciation Day, Barrington NH, March 19 2011

Farrier Apprenticeship
Dean Dalpe, New Hampsire, one day a week, June 2010 - November 2010

23rd Annual Mehre Equine Clinic Fall Farrier Conference
Monday October 18 and Tuesday October 19, 2010
David Duckett, Mark Caldwell, Pat Reilly
"Shoeing For The Best Hoof Balance Of The Lame Horse"
Topics included Laminitis, Navicular Disease, and Degenerative Joint Disease

Standards of Hoofcare: Veterinarian and Farrier Partnership
Conference at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine (at Tufts University)
Saturday October 16, 2010
Carl Kirker-Head (VetMBMADACVSDECVS) an associate professor in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, and Garth Bodkin, Past-President SNEFA, were the course directors. This conference is 6 hours of Continuing Education credit.

Conference Topics Attended Speakers
The Role of the Farrier in Equine Veterinary Practice Carl Kirker-Head, TCSVM(VetMBMADACVS,DECVS)
Learning to Read Radiographs Made Simple
How to relate the external characteristics of the equine foot to the internal findings seen on radiographs by learning to draw what you see outside and understand how it relates to vital soft tissue parameters.
Ric Redden, IEPC,NANRIC (DVM)
Shoeing the High/Low Performance Horse
How to evaluate and assess both internal and external characteristics that describe the equine foot and develop a working knowledge of the forces at play and how they influence these syndromes.
Ric Redden, IEPC,NANRIC (DVM)
Understanding Laminitis: The Mechanical Model, I
Learn how comparative radiographs and venograms allow us to assess the level of damage, design a treatment protocol and monitor its efficiency from day one.
Ric Redden, IEPC,NANRIC (DVM)
Understanding Laminitis: The Mechanical Model, II Ric Redden, IEPC,NANRIC (DVM)
Case Study: How Farriers Can Help Construct a Prosthesis
In this case study he will teach farriers the mechanics behind creating a suitable prosthetic for front and hind limbs based on the level of amputation and the needs of the horse and owner.
Ric Redden, IEPC,NANRIC (DVM)

 

Karen Rohlf 
Dressage Naturally: Finding The Sweet Spot Clinic, Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, New Hampshire, July 16-18 2010

Farrier Apprenticeship
Rebecca Watts, New Hampsire, one day a week, June - August 2010

Dave Ellis
Level 3/4 Parelli Clinic, Participant, Ladd Farm LLC, New Hampshire, June 14-17 2010
Level 2/3 Clinic, Auditor, Ladd Farm LLC, New Hampshire, June 10-13 2010

Healthy Stride 
Beginning Horseshoeing School, 
Brandon Crew, Stokesdale NC, May 16-21 2010

Dave Farley 
Farrier Clinic
, Horseshoes Plus Farrier Appreciation Day, Barrington NH, March 20 2010 

Healthy Stride 
Balancing the Barefoot Horse
, Jim and Brandon Crew, Ocala FL, January 4-8 2010 

David Lichman 
Level 3/4 Parelli Clinic 
Participant, Ladd Farm LLC, New Hampshire, September 18-20 2009


Farrier Apprenticeship
Laurie Lockwood, New Hampshire, May-August 2009

Dave Ellis 
Advancing Level 2/3/4 Parelli Camp 
Participant, Ladd Farm LLC, New Hampshire, June 8-18 2009


David Lichman 
Level 2/3 Parelli Clinic 
Participant, Summerfield Farm, Vermont, April 24-26 2009


Kelly Sigler 
Level 2 Parelli Clinic Participant
, Maine, September 2008 (received Level 1 Parelli Certification)

Fluidity II - Finesse Riding
Parelli International Study Center, Colorado, August 3-15 2008

Fluidity I - FreeSyle Riding
Parelli International Study Center, Colorado, July 20- August 1, 2008

Liberty and Horse Behavior
Parelli International Study Center, Colorado, July 6-18, 2008

Horsemanship Lessons
Debbie Livingston, 1999-2003