michigan horseshoers association

welcome to our website

The Michigan Horseshoers Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promote and further the interests of all horseshoers in the State of Michigan.

Our Goals:

  •  Inform members of the newest techniques and ideas;
  • Cultivate friendship and understanding among members;
  • Encourage the highest quality of workmanship possible;
  • Cooperate with other related associations and groups to further good horsemanship;
  • Encourage members to exchange information and ideas
  • Further good horsemanship and provide education to owners, trainers and peers


Nominations are now being requested and accepted for the 2015 MHA Elections.

2015 Elections will be held at the MHA Clinic and Contest this coming January.

The following offices/positions are up for election:

President - Currently held by - Andy Canoy

Vice President - Currently held by - Jason Stoneman

Two Board Seats - Currently held by - Henry Detweiler and John Lake

If you would like to run, or would like to nominate someone to run, please contact John Lake at jklake27@gmail.com or text to (616) 490-0269. Prior to submitting a name, it is always best to confirm that the person is willing to accept a nomination.



Whenever you change your email address, home address, certification status you can use the button below to let the MHA know and update your records. If you need to pay dues use the JOIN option in the menu at the top of the website.


    The button for online payment through PayPal has been re-coded (5-6-2014) and should function without difficulty. Use the button above only to update your contact information. New members need to use the buttons on the 'Join' page

making feet look good

People are always concerned about the look of their feet, and often they sacrifice the health of their bones and joints just to be fashionable. Farrier members of the Michigan Horseshoers Association are concerned about the health of your horse, and making the horse foot look good is secondary to doing proper trims and shoeing while never sacrificing the health of the horse simply to make 'pretty feet'. However, a well shod horse hoof is always a 'good looking foot'. Professional Farriers provide trimming and shoeing services that benefit the total health of their client's horse. A 'sound foot' is important for a healthy horse. No Hoof, No Horse!

strike iron while it's hot

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 Michigan Horseshoers Association maintains a Facebook account where many members and their 'Friends' can read day to day posts. Although you may join or 'Friend' the MHA Facebook site please remember to use this website as well. Not everyone has a Facebook account, some don't want one, others use another social media service so maintaining a website is our effort to make news and information available to everyone regardless.



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