Farriers Influencing Movement (From Judge and Farrier Perspective)
When providing hoof care for hunters and jumpers, most farriers focus on fundamentals of improving performance —and rightfully so. But how does your work positively or negatively impact your client’s chances in the show ring? Johnstown, Ohio, farrier Dean Moshier has been shoeing horses for nearly 30 years, but he has also spent some time as a show judge. In this session, Moshier offers his insights on how farriery influences judges, what they are looking for, and what you can do to help your client’s chances in the show ring.
Dean Moshier has been shoeing horses of most breeds and disciplines for more than 20 years. He has an associate’s degree from the State University of New York at Morrisville in Saddlehorse Management and Production. Together with his wife, Jennifer they have trained several breeds of horses from Arabians to Standardbred racehorses.
For the past 16 years, Moshier has been able to devote his full attention to shoeing in central Ohio, although he has been spotted judging an occasional horse show be it an open show, nonrated hunter or nonrated dressage show.
As an Accredited Professional Farrier with the American Association of Professional Farriers, he strives to continually educate himself on the latest techniques and products. Moshier has been published in the American Farriers Journal, and contributes to the magazine regularly. Besides being named on the board, he has also been a speaker at the International Hoof-Care Summit and has led numerous round table discussions. He has also spoken at several other national horse events, as well as some on the local level. Moshier enjoys success shoeing horses with various therapeutic needs and working one on one with their owners.