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William Kuegel, Farrier

Providing Quality Horseshoeing Since 1973



Phone Number: (603) 659-7919
Email: wkuegel@equicraft.com

General Area of Service: Southeastern New Hampshire
Specializing in shoeing for pleasure and sport horses, particularly those used for dressage and combined training.

Mid-South Academy of Horseshoeing 1973
University of New Hampshire BS Animal Science 1974
American Farriers Association #150



I designed the Equicraft logo to symbolize the deep connection I feel with the horse during the shoeing process. Each horse must be addressed with consideration for their physical, mental, and emotional state. I like to find ways to work within the horse's comfort zone rather than always asking the horse to conform to mine. My goal is to focus on the long-term health of the horse's hooves in the quest for optimal performance.



A Few Notes About My Business:

Scheduling Appointments

You can e-mail me or leave a message on my answering machine. It is not always possible to get back to people the same day they call, but I try to do so within a few days. Make sure you leave your full name and telephone number each time you call. Please give me at least twenty-four hours notice if you need to change an appointment time or the amount of shoeing work you plan to have done during an appointment. If you will have to cancel in the event of bad weather, please mention that when you call so I can take that into consideration when scheduling your work.


Horses who receive regular, timely hoof care have far fewer hoof problems over the course of a year. I suggest scheduling hoof care appointments at roughly six week intervals. This will go a long way to ensuring your horses' comfort and hoof health. What you save by trying to space out appointments can be lost several times over in veterinary costs and lost entry fees.

For your own use, try making a preliminary shoeing appointment plan for the next six to twelve months. Look at your activities: horse shows, likely trail ride dates, vacations (yours and your horse's), normally busy periods in your year at work or with family. With this information, you can fine-tune your shoeing intervals to take into consideration when a week or two longer or shorter between appointments will serve you well. For example: If you have an important show coming near the end of a shoeing cycle, make an adjustment in the length of time between appointments just to be on the safe side. This approach will drastically reduce your chance of losing a shoe at a critical moment.



During the Appointment

You should plan to be present during the shoeing unless we have discussed this prior to the appointment. Please have the horses inside or closed up next to the barn in a paddock by himself if I have to work with him alone. Tell me beforehand about likely behavior problems. Often, earlier events in a horse's life give him good reasons for an uncooperative attitude towards shoeing. I think all horses deserve good quality care even if it involves some extra time, thought, and effort. Even the calmest horse can have a bad reaction to unforeseen events -- it is safer to keep dogs and children out of the barn during shoeing.




Payment is due at the time of service. Checks or cash are fine. If you do not want to leave payment at the barn, it can be sent in the mail so I will receive it prior to your appointment. If you leave it in the barn, make sure you telll me where in the barn it is. I cannot accept post-dated checks. All returned checks will be subject to a fee, which is currently $15, but which can increase without notice depending on banking fee increases. I will deposit a check only once. If it is returned I will require a money order or cash to make it good and I will return the unpaid check ot you.

My fees are based on an average amount of time to do the scheduled work. Although I will stretch that definition as far as possible, I reserve the right to add charges for time spent over and above my norm due to complex shoeing issues, excessive hoof growth, and behavior problems.



Finally ...

Each horse is different. Each farm is different, physically and in terms of management. The weather conditions are different every year, and your plans for enjoying your horse change over time. All of these issues (and many more) factor into your horses' hoof care. The horse's requirements are never static. His environment is ever-changing, so his shoeing will need constant adjustment to accommodate these differences. This is one reason that good shoeing is not about maintaining an arbitrary toe length and hoof angle. The best shoeing is as much art as science.

Hooves grow slowly. When I begin to work on a horse with problems, it is sometimes possible to bring instant improvement, but much more likely these improvements will be most evident over a time period of months. Patience, based on a truly realistic time frame, is important. Think about your horse doing better next show season with the consistent, thoughtful care you arrange for him between now and then.


© William and Lynn Kuegel 2006

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