“Any horse is a good horse if it is doing its job well. Whether it is a prize jumper or that backyard horse for the 8-year-old girl, treat them all like million dollar horses. When you do that, you’ll do the best job possible.”
— Jack Miller (1940-2010)
I owe a lot of my career, especially on shoeing hunters and jumpers, to Jack.
He was like a brother to me and to many other farriers. Jack was one of those knights in shining armor. Back in the 1980s, I got hurt before a big horse show in Traders Point, Ind. Word got to Jack that my back was out. He came up from Georgia and did horses for me. When I got hurt again later, Jack and other guys did all the work and gave me the money they earned.
He was a demanding shoer. He taught me that if you shod a horse, watched that horse walk away and if it wasn’t right, you’d do it over — the whole damn horse. Never turn a horse away that wasn’t right. I learned that from Jack and I taught my students that lesson.
You never knew where you’d run into him. He was a vagabond, but Jack was the gold standard and he never needed a place to stay.
— Bob Peacock, Hamilton, Ohio
I first met Jack in 1974. For the high-end, traveling farrier, Jack invented a lot…