So many people influence the life of a racehorse. Along with a great training team, like horseOlogy, other professionals play a massive role in our success. One of those unsung heroes is the farrier. What is a farrier, and how do they affect the comfort and career of each of our horses? Let’s take a closer look.

What Does a Farrier Do?

For a long time, the term blacksmith was interchangeable with farrier. It is a specialization of blacksmithing to make and fit horseshoes. However, a farrier also knows how to trim, shape, and clean hooves. It’s not unlike visiting a human podiatrist if the podiatrist’s patients are inclined to kick.

Hoof Care

Hoof care is exceptionally important for every horse, and thoroughbreds are no exception. They have delicate feet compared to other breeds, so attention to detail is vital to their overall health. A good farrier, along with a proper diet and excellent stall maintenance, will keep a thoroughbred’s feet healthier. Just like we regularly schedule haircuts or manicures for ourselves, horses need to be seen by the farrier every four to six weeks.


Horseshoes can be made from several types of metal, including iron and steel. For racehorses, though, to improve traction and reduce stress on the hoof, the vast majority will use aluminum shoes that are attached using smaller nails. Some racehorses even wear corrective shoes to help with leg and hoof problems and keep them balanced.

How to Find a Good Farrier

You should consider a few things when hiring someone for your horses.

  • Ask for recommendations within your equine community
  • Review certifications and education
  • Work with a farrier who understands your horse’s breed and discipline, such as thoroughbred racehorses

Once you select your expert, you can expect a personalized approach to hoof care for each horse. Be sure to always communicate with your farrier, so they know what’s been going on between visits. 


Every horse in the care of horseOlogy is treated with a personal approach from nose to hoof.

Follow horseOlogy online and on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube to learn more about our team, thoroughbreds, and services. Call or text us at 855-HORSIES (855-467-7437).

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Horses of Racing Age

We love to watch our graduates grow and be successful on the racetrack.

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Yearling to Two Year Olds

We can’t wait for you to come along and experience all that these horses have to offer.

Weanlings Available

Weanlings to Yearlings

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Allowing our partners to take part in the breeding process from start to finish.

Developing and Training

Our approach is joining up with each horse so that they understand the process of learning through acceptance and not fear.

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Rehab and Layup

Whether it is to let them rest mentally and/or physically or an injury, wehas the means and skill set.

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Sales Prep

At horseOlogy, we focus on the tiniest details that can set our horses apart in the sales ring.

Weanlings Available


horseOlogy provides a boutique experience while limiting the number of mares and foals.

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We bring years of experience evaluating conformation and pedigree to uncover the best pinhooking prospects.

Small Share Investing

A business model whereby a group of people can participate in the owning horse, which may otherwise not have been feasible.


Bloodstock Advisors

A bloodstock advisor’s services may include but are not limited to, mating, sale placement, acquisition, trainer placement, and overall management of your horse.

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