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Tom Morton Farrier
A Balanced Approach to Horseshoeing



Serving San Diego County and Surrounding Areas
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About Tom Morton Farrier

Born and raised in a small village in Derbyshire, in the center of England. I worked on a dairy farm from the age of seven until I graduated High School. Summers were spent haymaking and I still get flashbacks when I smell fresh hay.

It was while working for a blacksmith during High School that I was first introduced to the idea of shoeing horses. When I was eighteen, I spent a year in Australia working in an outdoor education center. My boss was a stock man and rancher who introduced what it meant to be a horseman. It was a fun time and I am forever grateful for the experience.

When I was nineteen, I went to college earning a degree in Chemistry from the University of Manchester and a Masters in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. I did a brief stint as an Environmental Consultant before returning to working outdoors with animals. There are many relevant applications to my science background, from changing one variable at a time, being able to visualize the hoof capsule in 3-D and reading articles published in journals, mean none of it has gone to waste. 


I met my
wife, Laura, during the summer of 1997 whilst working for the YMCA in Julian, CA and we have been married since 2002. We have two wonderful daughters who are six and 18 months at the time of writing (Feb 2012). My oldest is just starting to realize what Daddy does for a living! 

My wife and I moved back to San Diego at the beginning of 2003. I attended an advanced farriery course to learn about horseshoeing in the USA and to advance my therapeutic shoeing skills. I was fortunate enough to work with some of the top farriers in the country while building my practice here in San Diego.

I quickly built a successful practice with many wonderful and talented clients. I was doing well when I began to feel something was missing and abruptly stepped off the treadmill in search of some answers. We spent some time in Texas with family but missed San Diego and I missed the horses and my old clients.

It is with a renewed commitment and purpose that I am returning to horseshoeing. Older and wiser, I will still provide the same great service that I have always offered. I will still strive to be the best farrier I can be. However, my focus will be on improving our relationship and understanding of horses and the joy they bring to our lives.

I will be sponsoring some of the local horse shows, volunteering for some local charities and hopefully some teaching opportunities will come my way. I also intend to give back to the farrier industry by training apprentices and sharing my knowledge of this tough trade.

This next step of my journey has just begun and I have been touched by the warm welcome and positive start.

If you have any questions or concerns about your horse or there is some way I can help your organisation or group please call:

Telephone: (858) 333-2351

Happy Trails! 

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