Ashley Swindell

If you need a farrier in the Tampa Bay area, he travels as far south as Manatee County, as far north as Sumter County, east to the water, and west to Kissimmee. If you are looking for a certified farrier who has used Happy Hoofwear™ shoes with success, contact Ashley. Call him at 813-526-2798. He is located at 10701 Taylor Road, Thonotosassa, Florida 33592. Be sure to check out his Facebook page crazyshorseshoeing.

 

Other Featured Farriers

 

Pat Hall
Phil Himelrick
Andrew Balszak
Alicia Honea
Adam Jankowiak

 

 

 

Our featured farrier for this month is:

Ashley Swindell from Florida!

Ashley is our first featured farrier from our home state of Florida! When I asked why he became a farrier, he replied, “I love horses. I’ve always loved horses. I wanted to do something I love for a living and being a farrier fit.”   He is a Certified Farrier from the Tampa Bay area who has been shoeing now for seven years.

Ashley heard about Happy Hoofwear™ shoes from a Facebook post; thanks to the Florida High School Rodeo Queen and Happy Hoofwear™ customer, Jordan Boyd, who competes in 1D barrel racing with her horse, Jaime Lee. Ashley’s clientele includes barrel racers as well as trail riders. He noted that for riders who go on long trail rides Happy Hoofwear shoes are a great choice…like his clients who ride on the Cracker Trail (a 120 mile Florida West Coast to East Coast trail ride) because about 80% of it is done on the roadways. The traction is a big help for horse and rider both for more secure riding.  Ashley has found our shoes have helped horses with navicular and sore soles, and he appreciates the comfort he can almost immediately provide a horse he is shoeing. “I am impressed with them.”

As a professional farrier, Ashley finds that our shoe offers a number of pluses, because the material is flexible, which in turn helps lower the concussive force transferred to the horse’s limbs, joints and hooves. “The second thing I like best are all the application options farriers have when shoeing the horses with Happy Hoofwear™ shoes. Basically, you got three options: you can nail these shoes, you can glue these shoes, and you can screw these shoes on when horses are too sore to take a nail or gluing isn’t a good choice.”

Some farriers may not be aware of the 3rd option: using screws to apply the shoe.  Ashley was shoeing a client’s Pasofino that was very sore with stone bruises and this horse was not willing to be shod with nails. Ashley remembered Happy Hoofwear™ shoes could be applied with screws, and he did just that. He said the job was done in less than twenty minutes with no more stress to the owner or the horse. As for the owners he tells about our shoes, he acknowledged the pop of color was a big draw initially. However, his owners soon discover our shoes provide cushion and comfort for horses and good value to owners. (Ashley confirms our own studies that he gets resets (about 2) with every pair he sets.)

As a certified farrier by the American Farrier Association, Ashley understands that technology is changing his business, and that new products made with new materials are the wave of the future. He is a self-professed “advocate for Happy Hoofwear™.” He keeps them on his truck and shares them with clients to show them the benefits their horses can receive from this type of shoe. When I asked him if he thought the shoe was easy to use, he replied, “Absolutely. I don’t know why a farrier wouldn’t try it. It’s a great shoe for so many horses and helps them move more comfortably.”

Ashley is a really busy guy with five kids, four dogs, four cats, and six horses of his own as well as running his farrier business. In addition, he trains other people’s horses making them safer for the owners. Six months ago, he started mounted shooting, which he really enjoys with his wife, and they also participate in cow sorting on Saturday nights.

If you need a farrier in the Tampa Bay area, he travels as far south as Manatee County, as far north as Sumter County, east to the water, and west to Kissimmee. If you are looking for a certified farrier who has used Happy Hoofwear™ shoes with success, contact Ashley. Call him at 813-526-2798. He is located at 10701 Taylor Road, Thonotosassa, Florida 33592. Be sure to check out his Facebook page crazyshorseshoeing.

Sylvia Norris, CEO

 

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