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Shoeing Sport Horses with Ty Garner

Shoeing top performance horses requires creative solutions and pursuing solid basics

Farrier Takeaways

  • You need a solid reputation and to let your work speak for you to break into working with high-level performance horses.
  • Look for creative solutions for clients that need help in managing horses between cycles.
  • Invest in the associates who can further your practice.

Ty Garner traces his passion for farriery back to age 12 when his family moved across the street from a boarding barn in Utah. He would begin working there mucking stalls and doing other chores. At 14, he bought his first horse. Through this, he was drawn to horseshoeing.

Living in the Salt Lake Valley gave him access to farriers who helped turn his curiosities into a career. He credits Shayne Carter, Travis Swenson and Aaron Frye among others who challenged him to raise his game and fueled his passion for competition.

In a strange way, that was also a detriment. Garner says the valley has many top hands, but a limited number of high-level horses to match. Wanting to build his practice around top performance horses, Garner eventually relocated to Ocala, Fla., for its denser population of sport horses.

Although he is based in North Florida, Garner’s work isn’t fully localized — he travels to follow his clients on the circuit, taking him through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. On this “Shoeing for a Living Day,” he shows how his daily approach relies on the basics, but also thinking how best to keep horses in the show ring.

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Jeremy mcgovern

Jeremy McGovern

Jeremy McGovern has been a journalist for nearly 20 years. He has been a member of the American Farriers Journal staff for 7 years and serves as the Executive Editor/Publisher. A native of Indiana, he also is a member of the board of directors for the American Horse Publications organization of equine media.

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