Mark started trimming horses when he was 13. He Graduated from Midwest Horseshoeing School in Illinois in 1992 and subsequently apprenticed under Laurie Fiesler, Olmstead Falls, OH. He then worked with Dana Maxwell for several years. During his shoeing career he has had the opportunity to work with several different master farriers in Ohio and experience everything from old-school founder resections to high performance Arabian and Saddlebred shoeing for some of the top trainers in the United States. He has experience working with arena performance horses doing roping, cutting, reining, barrels, eventing, hunter on the flat, 3 gaited, 5 gaited, western pleasure and halter with many breeds including Paints and Quarter Horses, Warmbloods, minis, and even a lama or two. He also spent four years living among the Amish shoeing draft horses. He has no experience shoeing camels or elephants, but he has shod oxen – once.
When he moved to South Dakota in 2000 he started building the business again in Sioux Falls, spending some time shoeing with Todd Kennedy at the Dakota Large Animal Clinic. There he worked closely with Steve Tornberg. He decided to keep his business small and attend USD, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a BS in Elementary Education in December, 2004. He was the 3rd/4th Grade Teacher for three years at the Spring Creek School on the Rosebud Indian Reservation, the Kindergarten Teacher for one year, and the Math Instructional Coach for three years at the Crazy Horse School in Wanblee on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. During his years of teaching he maintained a select customer base and continued to shoe horses on a part time basis. In the summer of 2011 he resumed his horseshoeing career full time.
The majority of the shoes used by Mark are hand made, with an occasional keg shoe used from time to time. Mark has attended many clinics to continue his understanding of what constitutes good horseshoeing practices. This is an ongoing practice, best done when it is too hot to shoe horses past 11:00 a.m. or too cold to be outside under hoof.
In addition to shoeing horses, Mark has extensive experience riding, training, and giving lessons. He has also been involved in breeding and raising horses. His passion is Dressage and he pursues this passion in his precious spare time.
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