There's a rule of thumb for both Farriers and Blacksmiths that says to strike your iron while it's hot because that's when you'll accomplish the most in forming the metal. Farriers know all to well the value of this rule of thumb.The members of the Michigan Horseshoers Association are full-time Farriers! What is a Farrier, you ask? The proper name for a Horseshoer is "Farrier". As professionals our members participate in Clinics throughout their career as a means of continuing education and self-improvement. These Clinics provide an opportunity for the Farrier to keep up with the most current technology in the horseshoeing industry. Clinics are presented by Veterinarians, renown Farriers and suppliers of products for the industry. Often these Clinics are part of national events that include Contests where the Farrier challenges his skill level by competing against other Farriers. These Contests involve every aspect of hoof care and shoeing skill. The Contests events are timed and judged by Farrier Judges who also serve as Clinicians and share their experience and expertise. Taking advantage of the educational advantage of these Clinics and Contests is just another way our members "strike iron while it's hot!" It proves itself in better service to the horse, the horse owner as well as to the skill of the Farrier.
THE 2017 MHA CONTEST AND CLINICS is over and was again very successful! thanks to all the competitors from many parts of North America, the MHA Staff, Volunteers and guest speakers
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We've added a Memorials Page to the MHA website to honor past members and friends. Click the image above to jump to the page.
James Charles Cloutier died on January 11, 2017 in Lansing, Michigan at the age of 63