Teamwork Rules the Day

Veteran Las Vegas farrier combines teamwork, continuing education, helping others and quality shoeing work to run a successful shoeing business

TEAM DAWSON. Mike Dawson above has been a successful farrier in southern Nevada for over 43 years and has been the Southern Nevada Horseshoers Association president for 13 consecutive terms. The farrier works closely with a trusted group of individuals who help each other on their busiest days. From left to right: R.C. “Doc” Price, Rose Banks, Dawson and Eric Coons.

Several common themes become crystal clear when you spend some time with Mike Dawson. And it doesn’t take long to figure why the rugged shoer with the “give-you-the-shirt-off-his-back” personality from Las Vegas, Nev., commands so much respect within Southern Nevada’s horse community.

The 43-year veteran shoer, former rodeo rider and 13-term president of the Southern Nevada Horseshoers Association, maintains a unique, time-saving, business arrangement where teamwork between the farrier, an equine chiropractor, a horse trainer and a former apprentice-turned-farrier unite to build a successful business for each. This help-each-other-when-needed arrangement is proof positive that you can be profitable and save time without trying to tackle huge jobs alone.

Dawson is a true cowboy throwback who can stun you with his vast knowledge of hoof anatomy, conformation, locomotion, shoeing techniques and a never-ending thirst for self-education and professional improvement. The 63-year-old’s story is a road paved with impressive achievements and refreshing outlooks on the shoeing business.

Dawson is one of those individuals who strongly believes that you can blend a genuine care for the health of the horse with an ideology of helping others in the shoeing community with professional…

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