We are a Small Family Owned Ranch that Raises Brahmen Cross Beef Calves, Dairy goats and Meat goats.
At The U-Lazy-Y Ranch, I Shaina H. Wells am offering farrier services with the highest levels of customer satisfaction in mind. To the best of my abilities and knowledge I will do what it takes to keep your horse sound. As every horse is different I like to hear from you after you ride your horse to make sure the trim or shoeing job was suitable for you specific horse and riding methods. I do not bother clients with numerous phone calls or e-mails but I do like to hear what you have to say.
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Shaina H. Wells' History
We had an Arab stallion and his sister Cooche. I noticed that her one white front hoof was starting to flare a little so I got my dad and with his help at catching her I trimmed her hooves while he held the lead rope. She stood pretty well and my folks seemed to be comfortable with me working with these bigger horses so the next horse I trimmed I did not ask for anyone's help. This horse was a short black mare. My folks bought her from the Prescott livestock auction She was halter broke by my folks and trained to give to pressure on the lead rope, but the problem was getting a halter on her. I was raised on the John Lyons method. At that age I had already trained my welch pony to turn and face me when I clucked at her. I decided to get a halter on this black mare I used John Lyons round pen method in her 50'x50' square pen. In about an hour she let me touch her but it took me a little longer get her used to the halter as I rubbed it on her cheeks and neck. I slowly put the halter on and did not make any fast movements as I buckled it. Trimming her hooves was pretty easy as she was lathered up with sweat and tired of cantering. She just wanted to stand still. My folks had worked with her and gotten her used to being touched but they had not messed with her hooves much she had nice big black hooves that wore pretty evenly. She did not want to pick her hooves up but I persisted and pushed her weight around a little and was able to trim all of her hooves. From there on I started trimming all the other horses on the property by myself.
In 2006 just before my 17 birthday I bought a 6 year old green broke white Welch Mustang cross mare. Her hooves were weak and shelley with a lot of chips and flares and ridges. I fed her Biotin and trimmed the hooves, even after that she just did not seem to place her hooves right as she would stumble constantly over nothing. I would ride her almost every evening after I was done with my school work.
That same year on my birthday I was gifted a book called Making Natural Hoof Care Work for You by Peat Ramey. After reading that book from front to back and studying the pictures and drawn examples in the book I applied his trim to my new horse. One of the most exciting things I liked about the book was that it showed how much of a flare could be rasped off without invading sensitive lamina. She did not seem to stumble as much but she still did for two to three months even after the biotin took effect and strengthened the hoof wall. Then after a few more months I noticed that she was not stumbling at all. Today she has the toughest hooves of all my horses and stays sound barefoot after 25 mile rides over rough country. For 7 years I have used Peat Ramey's method when it comes to trimming a hoof.
In 2008 I took over trimming a neighbors horse The mare was extreamly fat and had been bought from a slaughter house her hooves had not been trimmed for over a year. She was nearly immobile. She would only let me hold her hoof up for three seconds at a time for the first time I trimmed her. I quickly learned to put her hoof down before she did. Her front hooves were so flared forward I had to use a wood saw to cut the front off while it was on the ground. I trimmed a little every few weeks and she would let me hold each hoof up longer and longer. After about three trimming sessions she started walking more in her pen and even trotted a good bit during feeding time, but she had to be put down not too long after that because of a colic issue.
In the fall of 2008 I met my husband and started going for long horseback rides looking at Indian pit houses and ruins, and sometimes even riding into Chino. Eventually I started working his cattle with him and helping with the branding and checking up on them. He still maintained shoeing his own horses until I took Bob Earle's two horseshoeing classes in Chino in the fall of 2011 and spring of 2012. I have been successfully cold shoeing horses for two years though it seems longer. Stop
The first horse I shod was my mothers mustang stallion. His left front hoof is a 75 degree club foot and the right front hoof is a sloping 45 degree hoof. He is 17 years old and is able to be ridden to chino and back and stay comfortable. His hooves are the ones you see on the home page of this website.
During the 9 Months I was in class I learned a lot about the anatomy of a horses legs and hooves. I learned to properly trim for a shoe and shape a cold shoe to best fit the horses hoof. I learned that when a horses hoof hits the ground as it should heel first the most expansion is in the rear half of the hoof the quarters and the heel area. Thus it is best to fit the heel of the shoe from the quarters to the heel buttress 1/16 th of an inch wider than the hoof to leave enough shoe for the hoof wall to have support as the heel area expands. It is also best to place nails only from the widest point of the hoof forward towards the toe to avoid restricting the expansion of the heels.
Also during the class I learned the basics of making a simple shoe out of straight bar stock. I was able to forge weld the ends of a shoe together and make a simple bar shoe.