Michael has provided farrier services in the Eugene area since 1997, trimming and shoeing horses of all types, from the actively training show horse to the common backyard companion. Michael is proficient in the treatment of laminitis, founder, navicular and podotrochlear syndrome, limb deviations, misalignment, hoof cracks, underrun heels, thrush, abscesses, and poor hoof quality.
A 1993 graduate of the University of South Florida with a BA in Psychology, Michael went on to study farrier science with Bob Smith at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Sacramento, receiving his certificate of completion in 1997. Michael completed an advanced farrier course with master farrier Michael Wildenstein at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 2002. Michael completed his certified farrier certification with the American Farriers Association in 2011. Since joining the International Association of Professional Farriers in 2013, he has maintained his accreditation in good standing through continued education with many of the top farriers in the industry.
Hello and welcome to my digital business card! Here's my story in a nutshell. I grew up with horses in South Florida, riding in many different disciplines, from western pleasure to hunter over fences.
I mainly competed in the Western Horse Association of Florida and Appaloosa Circuits, but my true love was trail riding and bareback riding over fences. I was five years old in my first horse show, and continued to ride throughout my high school years. The only time I wasn't around horses nearly every day was the four years I was in college. Those four years of separation made me realize my true calling was with the horse. After graduation, I jumped back into the horse world, quickly acquiring a string of seven horses, and started a business leading guided horseback tours in Costa Rica. For three years I led excursions on horseback, and during this period, I apprenticed with my horseshoer, Mario Chavez. During those years, I developed a passion for pursuing a career in the farrier trade. With a desire to receive the best education possible, I left Costa Rica to attend farrier school in California. After graduating from farrier school, I returned to Costa Rica and spent the next year gaining valuable practical experience, given the opportunity with Mario, to work on as many horses as was physically possible. With aspirations to continue growing my skills as a professional farrier, I packed up the tropical chapter of my life to forge a career in the equine world of Oregon, USA. All these many years later, I continue to expand my knowledge and improve my skills as a farrier, and I can honestly say that I love my career more than ever. What a blessing it is to work with horses!
- Michael J. Waldorf CF APF-I