Mikey D Farrier - Michael DeLeonardo

I started off working for my father.  Dad is a very fine farrier — and well-known for corrective shoeing.  But he has used manufactured shoes throughout his career.  When I saw farriers hand-forging shoes from scratch, I wanted to pursue that.  What I like best about what I do is being able to take a horse and try to make the horse go better for the rider and for the horse himself.  With custom hand-forged horse shoes and hot shoeing, I think I can do the best job possible for the horse...

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been immersed in the horse shoeing industry.  My father, Michael DeLeonardo, Jr., has been a farrier for more than 40 years. He’s been President of the American Farriers Association, the Farrier Industry Association and the Western States Farriers Association.  Inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2008, Dad was one of the farriers for the 2010 Equestrian World Games. He is an A.F.A. approved tester, sits on the Editorial Advisory Board of the American Farriers Journal, and is the CEO for Horse Industry Professionals Protecting Our Horses (HIPPOH).


I am very grateful to my father for sharing his knowledge, experience and the farrier tradition with me.  Even when I was a small child, I was given useful tasks to perform that helped me understand and appreciate how critical every detail is in ensuring a job well done and, most importantly, in safeguarding the wellbeing of the horse. Dad always took me along to shoeing clinics and competitions, where I was introduced to farriers from around the world and exposed to a broad spectrum of techniques, learning from top farriers from the U.S., Canada and Europe. 


I apprenticed under my father and other farriers in the trade for about two years, then began shoeing full time in 1997.

Mikey D Farrier - Michael DeLeonardo

Hand-forging custom horse shoes requires the skills of both a blacksmith and a farrier. What’s the difference between a blacksmith and a farrier?...

For me, horseshoeing is an ongoing learning journey.  I regularly participate in competitions for education and professional development...

Mikey D Farrier - Michael DeLeonardo