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INTERNATIONAL VETERAN. Steve Teichman (third from left) has shod horses for two Olympics, two Pan American Games, several World Games and at the European Open. He’s shown here with members of the United States Equestrian Team in 1998.
Veteran farrier for the United States Equestrian Federation says a team approach leads to healthier hooves and more medals
It may not be exactly fair, but Steve Teichman says if you’re a farrier for a United States Equestrian Federation team, you’re going to be expected to be able to fix just about any hoof problem that crops up.
“After all,” he told an audience at the Carolina Horseshoeing Conference in Ashville, N.C., during October, “no one wants to travel halfway around the world to an event and find out they can’t compete at the last minute.”
The good news, says the farrier from Chester County, Pa., is that shoeing for the team has come a long way and you won’t be asked to tackle those problems single-handed. Today, farriers are viewed as an integral part of USEF teams, and proper footcare is a priority.
Teichman, who has been working as a farrier for more than 30 years, has worked at two Olympics, two Pan American Games, several World Equestrian Games and at the European Open. He’s been shoeing for international events since the 1980s and has seen shoeing make great strides in that time.
Prior to 1996, he says shoeing at most of these events was “a free-for-all.”