Horseshoeing demo a feature at Saturday event
People attending Chino Valley's First Territorial Capital Days this weekend will be able to see how modern-day farriers shoe horses.
Bob Earle, a practicing farrier for 20 years, will present free horseshoeing demonstrations from 1-4 p.m. Saturday next to the arena at Yavapai College's Agribusiness & Science Technology Center at 2275 Old Home Manor Drive. The college is hosting the High Plains Adventure portion of Territorial Days with several workshops and demonstrations in canine behavior (1-3 p.m.), equine training and safety (1-3 p.m.), an educational petting zoo, hydroponics and alternative energy. The workshops and demos are free to watch and parking is free. The event will also include a youth gymkhana and a 4-D barrel race.
In the demonstrations, Earle will show how to shoe a horse's front hoofs with handmade shoes and keg shoes (regular ones bought in a store) and how to use epoxy to repair cracks in the hoofs. Earle said he is putting on the horseshoeing demonstrations to let people see how it is done.
In addition to being a farrier, Earle teaches two horseshoeing classes in the spring and fall semesters at Yavapai College. The two courses are Ag 140 - Introduction to Horseshoeing and Ag 141 - Preparation for Certification.
Earle said he got into being a farrier after taking a class at Cal Poly-Pomona and then became an apprentice farrier. Twelve years ago the Earles moved to Chino Valley to be close to friends and in-laws.
Since arriving in Chino Valley, the Earles have opened Four Shoes, and Earle has continued his farrier trade.
He has been active in the American Farriers Association and is a past president of the Arizona State Farriers Association.