December 9, 2023

A World Master Farrier Visits My Farm

My horses are all moving better and feeling more comfortable with their new shoes.

My Friesians, Fell pony, and other shod horses, usually get new shoes every six to eight weeks. Horseshoes are generally made of metal, such as steel or aluminum, and are designed to support and protect the horse’s hooves from wear, but they must be fitted properly in order to prevent other health and mobility issues from developing. Earlier this week, I invited Mike Wildenstein, to visit my Bedford, New York farm and evaluate all the horses in my stable. Mike is one of only three individuals worldwide to have passed the distinguished Fellow of the Worshipful Com­pany of Farriers examination in the United Kingdom with an “Honors” designation. For many years, Mike worked as the adjunct associate professor of Farrier Medicine and Surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. And now he travels across the country and around the world sharing his wealth of knowledge and expertise. While here, Mike spent two days assessing my equines, consulting with my veterinarian, Dr. Elizabeth Kilgallon from Miller & Associates, offering tips and advice to my farrier, Marc Hill, and his associates, and making custom horseshoes for my herd.

Enjoy these photos.