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Hats Off!

Montana Farrier Inducted into the

 International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame

 

April 2011 Issue  

   

     Tom Wolfe, the director of Montana State University Farrier School in Bozeman , MT , was recently inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame for his contributions to farrier education.

     Wolfe says that it was especially nice to be selected by his peers.

     Wolfe received the award during the 8th Annual International Hoof-Care Summit, held February 1-4, 2011, in Cincinnati , Ohio .

     The International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame is located in the Kentucky Derby Museum at historic Churchill Downs, in Louisville , KY. More that four million people have visited the museum since it was established in 1985.

     The Hall of Fame honors farriers and equine veterinarians from the around the world for their devotion and passion in promoting hoof care.

     For more information, or to nominate a farrier or veterinarian, contact the American Farriers Journal at 262-782-4480, extension 410, or email jmcgovern@lesspub.com .

Tom Wolfe and the MSU Farrier Program

     The Montana State University Farrier Program was co-founded in 1971 by famed horseman Bob Miller and local veterinarian Jack Catlin. The second instructor hired was Tom Wolfe, who had already made his mark as a farrier in New Mexico shoeing mounted patrol, show, and race horses.

     A typical day at the school includes classroom time, forgework and shoeing.

     “Changes in horseshoeing have been dramatic since I began,” explains Wolfe. “Primarily the quality of tools, and also the brands and types of shoes.”

     Wolfe also says that knowing how to keep a barefoot foot healthy has always been a large part of the farrier program as MSU, long before it became popular with horse owners.

     “In the Rockies , barefoot is a huge thing. Ranches and outfitters only shoe their horses and mules for a short season – about three months — and have since the 1800s,” says Wolfe.

     Students say that Wolfe brings a rare combination of professional expertise and the ability to share it with others.

     “His lectures are packed full of information, but also chock full of fun. He uses anecdotal examples that make things stick,” says Brigitte Malessa, of Colorado, a student in 1999, and now a full-time farrier, as quoted by Suzi Taylor, in her article,” Making the Shoe Fit,” in the Spring 2008 issue of “Mountains and Minds,” the MSU magazine.

     The Farrier School attracts an array of students. The average age of students is 31; the youngest student ever was 17; and the oldest 68; about 30 percent are women; and one in 10 is from Montana , with many students coming from across the globe. Only ten students are accepted for each of the three yearly sessions, and almost all classes since 1971 have been full.

       For more information on the MSU Farrier School, visit www.montana.edu.

 

 

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