Farrier Resource Site

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Providing resources to the Colorado horse community  

By Linda Browneller, American Farrier Association, Certified Journeyman Farrier  



P.O.Box 1595
Palmer Lake, Colorado 80133


To provide quality farrier care to horses and educate owners so they can feel confident when choosing a farrier.


Certified Journeyman Farrier Obtained April 28, 2000
American Farriers Association Lexington, Kentucky
Chapter: Rocky Mountain
First and only woman to complete this level of certification in Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Farriers Association.

Certified Farrier obtained May 13, 1995
American Farriers Association Lexington, Kentucky
Chapter: Rocky Mountain

Professional Education and Training related to Horse Foot Care and Farrier Business

  • American Farriers Convention – 2000-Present. Contest judges scribe 2004-Present

  • Farrier Focus –2002 and 2003

  • Produced several clinics for high school students, horse owners and farriers. Including a Heart Bar Applying and Fitting Clinic with Dr. George Platt, DVM (Eagle, CO)

  • Participated in an average of six continuing education seminars/clinics a year since 1991.

  • Farrier Occupation Specialist, for accreditation team, 2006, Farrier Science Department, Colorado School of Trades

  • Mutual Gains Horsemanship Seminars – 2003-Present


  • 2000 Vern Olinger Service Award, Rocky Mountain Farrier Association

  • 1999 Division 2 High Point Winner, Challenge Cup, Rocky Mountain Farriers Association

  • 1997 Service and Dedication Award, Rocky Mountain Farriers Association


It takes patience and tenacity for a one armed man to shoe a horse. Yet, that was my grandfather and my introduction to horseshoeing. My grandfather’s knowledge and skills were passed to him from his blacksmith father long before he lost his arm in a hay baler. I was born horse crazy, so naturally I was his right arm when it was time to shoe ours. Picture him holding the nail to the shoe while a young girl with the foot between her knees, both hands on the hammer swings to drive the nail into a patient (or not so patient) horse’s hoof. I’m sure many of his evenings were spent icing damaged digits while I built the coordination to hit the same place twice!

He taught me the basics: “don’t have more nails in your toolbox than you want to pick up” and that “quick” is more than an adjective. He encouraged me to learn everything I could about my horse passion. I surprised him when I became the first and only American Farriers Association Certified Journeyman woman farrier in Colorado in 2000.

On the journey to achieve the Journeyman certification I immersed my self in the farrier industry. I competed and volunteered at local and national shoeing contests. I produced several clinics for horse owners, FFA students, and other farriers. The laminitis and founder clinic, with nationally recognized veterinarian Dr. George Platte, DVM, is still a topic of conversation with many clients and farriers.

Successfully passing the Journeyman testing was a highlight in my career as well as a turning point. I started noticing the relationships between the animals and their teams of care givers. There appeared to be lots of conflict with the horses getting the short straw. Education seemed to be the key to changing the picture so I developed presentations to share with horse owner groups such as the Mountain Region Endurance Riders. Our speakers have included, Dr. Doug Butler, author of the most widely used farrier textbooks in the world and an equine anatomy expert, who Power Pointed the group from the bare bones to gait analysis.

Regularly writing newsletter articles and being interviewed by local and national publications is another way I’m reaching out to improve horses’ care. Focusing on advancing my horsemanship skills has allowed me to teach other farriers (at the Colorado School of Trades) and horse owners how to train their horses to stand politely and have their feet handled.

Riding and competing endurance horses added another level to my shoeing. Keeping three horses going for thousands of miles (not all in one year!) has been an education in it self. As co-manager of the Mountain Mettle Endurance Ride, I organized a pre ride clinic with Dr. Julie Bullock, DVM, FEI endurance veterinarian, competitor and hoof care specialist, to share her insights on keeping horses sound over a long career.

Riding with the Douglas County Open Space Mounted Patrol has given me more opportunities to discuss proper care, trimming and shoeing with trail users of all disciplines. The art and science of farrier work keeps my job a challenge. The owners, trainers and veterinarians make me work for the team. The mules and donkeys keep me honest. But, it’s the horses, yes, the mighty, magnificent horses, that build my character!

Currently I compete in limited distance and endurance riding on three horses I own.

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