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Robert Serzanin, Veteran of MI, new Certified Farrier, EFT, Reining competitor
Becoming a farrier was nothing short of a spur of the moment decision for CCCHS senior, Ben Young.
Aside from focusing on school and clubs, Young runs a business as a farrier in his spare time. A farrier is a craftsman who trims and shoes horses’ hooves. Although Young had his mother as a role model in order to become successful in animal care, it wasn’t until he was fourteen that he knew he wanted to pursue a career in farrier work. After Young’s own horses started becoming lame, he started research into farriery in an effort to treat them. Success with his horses led him to decide to make a career of caring for horses.
Young states, “Eighty-nine percent of all horse health issues happen in the lower limb. That 89% is what I am trained to treat.” After being certified with The Brotherhood of Working Farrier Association, or BWFA, Young began working as an apprentice with more experienced farriers.Young also received his EFT, or Equine Flexion Therapy certification. The EFT certification allows Young to perform therapy on horses in order to keep them more flexible and comfortable, aligning the spine without chiropractic adjustments and addressing the muscles that control the skeleton.
It wasn’t until 2017 that his work started to flourish, causing him to work harder than before. More recently, Young has submitted and completed research regarding, “Navicular,” or, “Navicular Syndrome.” Navicular Syndrome, also known as Navicular Disease, most commonly describes an inflammation or degeneration of the navicular bone and its surrounding tissues, usually on the front feet. This disease can lead to significant and even disabling lameness. Young’s research may prove paramount in treating this serious disease.
Despite his age, Young overcame the doubt he faced, pushing forward with the encouragement of his instructor, certified Master Farrier and Master Educator, Link Casey. When asked if he would recommend working as a farrier to others, Young replied, “I would for a certain type of person.” According to Young, being a farrier is one of those careers where “You can set your own hours, or work when you want, as some people put it. Even though I don’t completely agree with that statement, I work twice as hard because of it; it is worth it in my opinion. But anyone that is successful working for themselves would tell you the same thing. If you can manage your time extremely well and aren’t afraid to put yourself out there to make tough business decisions, then I would highly recommend it.”
Working as a farrier has bettered him, in the sense that he has the satisfaction of being able to help people and horses. Young states that his favorite part of working as a farrier is, “Being able to see people with a lame horse and have it sound again.”
By: Katie Sudberry
The smallest of cracks can equal the largest of problems. Hoof cracks can be very detrimental to the health and soundness of your horse. Bacteria eats away at the live tissue under the hoof wall and can eventually cause lameness if neglected to treat. The condition of the hoof itself can deteriorate and cause major issues and difficulty to keep horse shoes on, unhealthy hoof wall and in some cases lack of performance with the horse. So, the smallest of cracks can be a big issue in any horse’s hoof. It is highly recommended to have your farrier check your horses’ hooves if there is a crack present to determine what corrective procedure is needed.
As soon as the hoof cracks and the thrush is present it becomes difficult to keep it clean unless opened properly by the farrier.
Horse owners – Do not attempt to do this. Let the professionals handle it. It can be overdone.
Owners are WELCOME to contact us, send photos, etc for advice and to find farrier services near you.
Provided by the:
Farriers’ National Research Center (FNRC)
Casey & Son Horseshoeing School, Link Casey, Owner
La Fayette, Georgia
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Call Anthony Dudeck at (319) 238-9508
Based out of Quamedo New Mexico
Timothy Doyle, 12 week graduate of Virginia.
Wishing you the best in your new career! Graduate date: 3/30/1019
In 1988 we began an all-out study, on not just sound shoeing, but maintaining the sound horse to allow him to perform at his peak. Horse owners began bringing us their horses to evaluate. Many at one time had the chance to be champions whether it be in cutting, running barrels, hunter jumper events, racing, and on and on. In our evaluations, we would discover that the most important part of the horse had been overlooked and neglected. These horses had received too many improper trims! And further evaluations showed that neither the amateur person trimming, nor the owner knew what they were trying to achieve with each trim or shoeing their particular horse.
Graduate Farriers from Casey Horseshoeing School, Peter Balogh of MD, Cade Rogers of WY, Rilee Letendre of Canada with Link Casey, Instructor, Owner and current students.
Here is another talented graduate of Casey & Son Horseshoeing School !
We are so proud to say he is our cousin!
Justin Lee Bowen of Chatsworth, GA Completed his 18 week Farrier Course and received his BWFA Certification on February 23, 2019. Pictured here with fellow students and with Head Instructor Link Casey. His Uncle is Jarvis Bowen, a past student from 1990 and BWFA Master Farrier & Tester.
That will be a great Summer experience, CONGRATULATIONS!
This is the second of our Farrier students who has taken this opportunity!!!
Jacob Streissguth of Washington State, graduated Feb. 2, 2019.
He attended our Hourshoeing III Professional Farrier Course.
Open House For Visitors with their horses:
Saturday March 7
Saturday March 23
Saturday April 6
Saturday April 27
Bring your horse to our facility for a five-star treatment that can’t be beat!
Will include: Saddle fitting if riding
Aspects of barefoot & evaluation
Thermal Imaging as needed
EFT Groups welcome.
Call the office (706) 397-8909 for additional dates and more information!
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Randy Cate is a Certified Journeyman Farrier & Member of the Farrier's National Research Center. He is a semi-retired farrier and horse trainer. He is compassionate and caring when it comes to treating horses, including those that are lame and foundered.
Randy uses a trimming (or shoeing) technique on the hoof that relieves the pain and discomfort of horses that are lame (for a number of reasons, including founder) and has helped get horses back on their feet again, walking and even running. He says its just plain common sense........to him maybe.......after working with horses since 1973.
Today the focus is on the health of the horses hooves, and providing gentle, dependable care. Please contact the number below if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment to attend one of his monthly clinics throughout Missouri, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and Northern New Mexico.
You can call Randy at 417-880-3868.
Check out his website at: http://www.helpmylamehorse.net
We have contacted you in the past and you were kind enough to post our job opening for a farrier/wrangler at your school. We are again looking for one additional farrier to add to our staff this summer. Here is some additional information on our ranch and the job.
We have a summer guest and working ranch in Colorado and we are looking for a recent or soon to be graduate farrier to work at our ranch this summer.
We own around 120 head of horses and have found that we can provide an excellent opportunity for a newly trained farrier to get under a number of horses and further develop their skills and training. This gives them a good head start to begin their own business.
This position we are offering also entails wrangling horses, teaching horseback riding, guest entertainment and a number of other activities all based in a great mountain environment. All of our employees live and work on the ranch. The position can pay between $11000 to $14000 for the summer with minimal expenses. My family has been in business for 40 years and have had a number of horseshoers get their start with us over the years. They would be working with other experienced farriers including ourselves. We do have two other full time farriers on staff so we do not expect this candidate to take the load of the entire horse herd by themselves.
If you have any students who might be interested in a great summer here in the Colorado mountains have them contact us at 1-800-845-2292 and speak to Justin or Ken.
Our website is www.drowsywater.com for reference and we have an online application on the website. Feel free to call us with any questions.
Thank you for your time.
Owner Drowsy Water Ranch
DROWSY WATER RANCH
The Fosha Family
PO Box 147
Granby, CO 80446
Cody Barns Graduate of our 12 + 6 = 18 week III & IV course will be settling in Mars hill, NC to work with a past student (15 year) Farrier there.
Good luck, we are proud of you!
Trying to find the perfect gift for that special Farrier in your life?
Well look no further! Give the gift of Thermal Imaging!!!
Taking orders now!
A picture says a thousand words!
We find that more farriers shoeing for a living and people using the Equine Flexion Therapy Technique, along with thermal imaging are more prepared when approaching a questionable horse.
If only for a self-training tool for yourself, your opinions you offer can be backed up and your work verified.
If used during your daily services, you can easily get a return on your investment within 30-60 days. TRY IT!
Professional Farrier Services available here!
Does your Farrier offer all the latest technology to analyze your horse properly?
Bring your horse to our facility for a five-star treatment that can't be beat!
Free Hoof Evaluations & Owner consultations
Customized shoeing for every horse
Trim only to remain barefoot - all ages $10.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)
Fronts only shod $15, trim hinds $5= $20.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)
Fronts & hinds shod plain- $30.00 per horse (+4 sealant optional)
All breeds, all problems, all ages!
Hot & Cold Shoeing and Shaping
Shoeing for traction when riding and pulling wagons on slick surfaces
Clips, steel & aluminum shoes
Handmade shoes for founder & lameness issues
Shoeing for event riding, trail riding, barrels, rodeo, roping, reining, English, dressage, hunter/jumper, Quarter race, endurance & more!
Hoof bonding & crack repair, solving the long toe/low heel syndrome
Advice on diseases, thrush, white line disease, slow hoof growth, nutrition & supplements
Thermal Images printed out for you (before & after) $40.00-$50.00
Equine Flexion Therapy Sessions 30 min, 1-2 hours $30-$75-$200
(As needed depends on severity) During a scheduled 3 day EFT Class we can schedule your ‘sore, in need” horse(s) “free” or charge. Drop by 8AM pick up is at 6PM. That is 6-8 hours of therapy! (All day value of $200.00 or more).
*Special shoes or extra materials as needed/requested - charges itemized. Pricing out will include trip and meal fees.
CALL 706-397-8909 to place an appointment today!
You do not need farrier certification or be on any registered list to be a farrier in the U.S.A. Farrier Certification is highly suggested by American owned and operated Farrier and Horseshoeing Schools offering USA Farrier Education
American organized farrier associations can suggest you join a group and acquire certification, but Farrier Certification is NOT mandatory in the U.S.A.
If you google this question…you will read about European rules without mentioning any names. It is confusing to anyone who googles that question. Be careful what you read.
Contact an American owned and operated farrier school or association for the correct information.