SC School of Horseshoeing would like to welcome our latest student Ray! Ray came to us as a former Police Officer!
Anastasia is the newest student to enroll in the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing! What a great addition to the school, and we are excited to see how she progresses!
A huge welcome to Joe Cangianni our newest student here at the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing!
Joe came to us all of the way from Port Chester, New York! If you live in that area and are in need of heating or
air conditioning services, check out his company - Regent Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. Here are a couple of photographs of Joe in training working on an alpha horse named Jester! Welcome aboard Joe!
Oct 25, 2013
Ashley Eidenier joined as a new BWFA member and certified as an Apprentice II, tested by her Grandfather and Master Educator Doug Eidenier. Far left is Ronnie Deboard TESTER and far right is Link Casey TESTER.
Staff Photo by Ben Baugh Jessica Cahill, right, is studying to become a farrier with the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing with Doug Eidenier.
Cahill’s passion for horses makes her perfect for profession
Posted: Sunday, October 13, 2013 11:57 p.m.
UPDATED: Monday, October 14, 2013 8:26 a.m.
Jessica Cahill couldn’t see herself stuck in an office all day.
The resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has always loved horses and animals. The horsewoman had gone overseas to study in the Netherlands, majoring in international food business and agricultural sustainability. However, it was her first love – horses – that would prevail.
Cahill made a decision to follow her passion and searched far and wide in Canada and the United States for the right person to help her achieve her objective of becoming a farrier. She selected Aiken-based Doug Eidenier, a Hall of Fame farrier, and owner of the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing.
“It’s a long way from home,” said Cahill. “Doug’s school really stood out to me.”
But why would Cahill want to try her hand at making a living in what’s considered to be a male-dominated industry?
“There’s a lot of art, technique and science involved with being a farrier,” said Cahill. “I like the combination of the different variables. The job itself provides you with a great deal of flexibility and stability, allows me to work with animals, and that’s my favorite part.”
The opportunity to establish a relationship with clients and bond with horses also served as an impetus for Cahill to direct her energies toward becoming a farrier.
“It’s project work,” said Cahill. “It’s a project of the foot, the horse, and it’s over the horse’s entire lifetime. You’re maintaining the horse. The more I work with Doug, the more I know, the more I can analyze and evaluate and be able to prevent lameness.”
Cahill said she finds the idea of the profession to be extremely rewarding because it’s beneficial to the horse and the horse’s owner.
“It’s great to be able to see the results of your work,” said Cahill. “The job offers a lot of diversity, and you’re always learning something. Every horse is an individual.”
The opportunity to be a farrier will allow Cahill to establish her own clientele. She will be working with one of the most prominent shoers in Nova Scotia when she returns home. The majority of Cahill’s clientele will be within a two-hour radius of Hallifax.
“I didn’t want to work in an office job my entire life,” said Cahill. “You’re shaping the horse. You have a picture in your mind, and you want to bring it to the forefront. I wanted to work with my hands, and I like artwork. This combines everything. It’s the perfect fit. I have a really great foundation. I have it set up with the farrier at home and will be starting work right away, so I can keep it going forward.”
Ben Baugh has been covering the equine industry and equestrian sport for the Aiken Standard since 2004. Among the awards Baugh has won include the 2003 Raleigh Burroughs Award as the turf writer making the most impact on the Florida Thoroughbred Industry.
**Attention horse owners in York County, SC:**
There is an un-certified farrier who is claiming to be a graduate of the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing. He goes by the name of Adam Freeman. I wish to state that this person has never completed the school, or graduated. Sometimes, he does not give his name in the advertisements, but just a number. Please be warned.
Updated: 7/10/2011 12:35 AM | Photo and article credit: Ben Baugh
Rider juggles bull riding's dangers with love of his job! By BEN BAUGH - Staff writer - Aiken Standard - email:email@example.com
Hayden Tedder (right) is a bull rider who is learning to be a farrier at Doug Eidenier's (left) South Carolina School of Horseshoeing. Staff photo by Ben Baugh.Bull rider Hayden Tedder decided that he was done with others shoeing his horses; he wanted to learn how to do it himself. A friend of his told Tedder about South Carolina School of Horse Shoeing and Doug Eidenier in Aiken.
The 18-year-old from Rock Hill has been involved with the rodeo for the past 4¬½ years after his brother introduced him to it, but his previous experience with horses was somewhat limited.
"I never did much with them, other than trail riding stuff, so I always had a little time with them," said Tedder. "My mom worked for a man training horses.
Bull riding is a sport known for its dangers, and although he's only competed for a relatively short time, he has sustained his share of injuries. Tedder's most serious injury was a shattered left eye orbital and sinus cavity, and now he has a plate in his skull courtesy of the untoward incident.
"The worst place to be is in the chute when you're getting ready because you're surrounded by four sides of metal," said Tedder. "Once you get out of there, you have the bull fighters, and that's their job, and they're paid to do it. If you make it out of the chute, most of the time you come out pretty good."
He wears a vest that's 1 inch to 1¬½ inches thick when he's competing.
"Most places make you wear them; some places don't. Even if they don't, most people do," said Tedder. "More people ride with helmets now than ride without them."
Tedder would love for rodeo to be his only job, but he will be going to Stephenville, Texas, at the end of the month to work with another farrier.
"The worst thing that could come out of going to farrier school is that I won't have to pay anyone to do my horses," said Tedder.
Contact: Ben Baugh at firstname.lastname@example.org.
karen tedder wrote:Hayden has always followed his dreams. Though we have encouraged him to do so at times, it is very nerve wrecking. His last incident with bullriding left him with a shattered orbitual bone with surgery. After graduating highschool he left 3 days later to go to horse shoeing school in Aiken for 6 weeks. He knew this is something he wanted to do so he cut grass to save his money. He will be finished up this Saturday the 16th, then it will be on to Texas to work. Hayden the sky is the limit, and we could'nt be more proud of you for following your dreams.7/10/2011
Hall of Fame Farrier Doug Eidenier gave a great demonstration to the seventh annual summer horseback riding camp here in Aiken, SC. The camp is directed by Cpl. Sonny Ford of the Aiken Department of Public Safety's mounted patrol. He was assisted by Carol McElwee. Doug and his student gave a fantastic demonstration of the proper hoof care to the participants. You can view the portfolio of the photographs by clicking on the below photograph! Make sure you look for the word "slideshow" after you go to the link at the top right hand corner of the page. Here you can see a screen sized view of the wonderful day!