A little about Neal..

My passion for horses started at a young age. I can remember watching horses at Northlands Park as a young boy. In particular, I can recall harness racehorses going by with noisy equipment and a thundering roar. This was the beginning of my lifelong passion. I wanted to learn and wanted to understand these great athletes. I always wanted to be a part of it. I was given an opportunity to own and work with them, and many good, hardworking people later on in my life. My good friend’s family was very influential in the thoroughbred industry. They had many great horses in the eighties. Because of this, I was able to see the other spectrum of the racing industry. At that same time, I was fortunate that my father’s very good friend Gerry was willing to mentor me and educate me on horsemanship skills and started to foster my interest in the farrier field.

I would spend lots of time with Gerry at his farm and out on jobs. He used to always jokingly say that to be a farrier “you must have a strong back and a weak mind.” In some ways I agree with his statement, but have come to learn that perhaps a strong back is necessary, but an assertive and patient mind is essential.

Since those days, while following other career paths I have always had a keen interest in developing my farrier skills. I have gone to different schools to learn and understand ways and different methods of being more of a balanced farrier. I just completed a course in Nebraska from a highly respected and world renowned farrier, Dr. Doug Butler. His school is number one, and I am thankful for being able to learn from both himself and his talented sons. They gave me an even better foundation and worked to hone my skills as well as inspire some future goals.

As a horse owner and through my clients that trust in my ability, I am thankful for the horses I have been able to work with and learn from. I continue to strive for the betterment of horses and educate and inspire horse owners.

FOR THE HORSE!
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