In this episode, we talk with Michael Wildenstein, CJF, FWCF (Hons) of Sharon, Vermont. Mike is retired from teaching farrier at Cornell Vet School in Ithaca, New York and now offers his services as a referral or consulting farrier, working in a hands-on capacity with a horse's current farrier and/or veterinarian for special problems, or to help farriers improve their skill on their home ground with their own tools and their own horses.
Mike is one of three people in the world to have passed the extremely distinguished Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers examination in the United Kingdom with an "Honors" designation. We talk with Mike about how he got his start, lessons he has learned from his years as a farrier, and his thoughts on the future of farriery.
In this episode, Pete Butler, CJF (one of the instructors at Butler Professional Farrier School) shares lessons he learned about horsemanship growing up and while in Mongolia for a couple of years. He shares differences between how horses are used in Mongolia versus other parts of the world and shares insights about how to learn horsemanship skills from around the world.
In this episode, we talk with Scott Colson of Clinton, Mississippi. He started shoeing horses in 1962 and shares lessons he learned as he got started as well as some of the early history of the formation of the AFA and FIA.
Scott also shares his thoughts about managing employees and numerous stories throughout his career about what it takes to succeed in the farrier business. Scott is an incredible storyteller and you'll laugh and learn from his great stories and valuable insights.