MIKE STINE is a Journeyman Farrier and Certified Natural Balance Farrier and Trimmer (CNBF, CNBT). Specializing in equine biomechanics and whole horse evaluation, Mike uses this knowledge in his farrier work to understand, prevent and improve problems with equine movement.
In addition to providing farrier services in Monroe, NC, Mike hosts clinics, workshops, and other educational programs in the U.S. and abroad, drawing on over 25 years in the industry. Some of his presentations have been featured in major venues such as the Southern Horse Festival, Carolina Classic Horse Expo, Equitana, and ‘The Horse Show’, Rick Lamb’s syndicated radio show.
As a farrier, teacher, and leader, Mike has dedicated his career to helping horse owners improve the lifetime care and performance of their horses. Give him a call today at 704-821-4799 to see how he can help you!
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When farrier Mike Stine comes to your barn to shoe, he doesn’t just stick the horse in cross ties and pull out the rasp. He analyzes your horse’s walk and trot in-hand, much like a lameness exam from a vet. Why? Over the past 20 years, Stine has developed a movement-related approach to shoeing. “Horses will tell you what they need if you pay attention to the relationships between skeletal, muscular and movement patterns, and joint alignment”.
“Movement gives you much more information than just looking at the lower leg and hoof.” Stine credits his mentors Tony Gonzales and Clyde Caldwell for teaching him to look at the whole picture, including rider position and tack fit and use that information in making decisions on how to shoe. He blends the natural-balance shoeing theories developed from years of mustang research with his own field studies to work toward a balanced body in each horse.
Mike operates a full-time farrier service close to Monroe, NC Travel arrangements can be made for one-on-one services at your barn or you can bring your horse to the Monroe area. There are several barns in the area where you can board your horse overnight. Feel free to give him a call at 704-821-4799 to discuss your needs.
Dynamic Movement Clinics
Clinic 1 – Alignment and Biomechanics
Part 1- Hoof anatomy and functions
This session focuses on how hoof conformation and mechanics affect tendon pressure, joint alignment and circulation, creating stress on the laminae. Discussion covers how trimming and shoeing strategies affect hoof anatomy, blood flow and tendon pressure. Preserved hooves are used for illustration
Part 2- Recognizing hoof distortions
Teaches people to recognize and prevent distortions such as twists, flares, long toe/low heel, abnormal pressures in the hoof, contracted heels and under run heels. Hoof anatomy, mechanical functions of the hoof, shock absorption and blood flow in the hoof are covered. We will also discuss pressure changes in the coronary band and its effect. The goal is to help people understand how to work toward a more symmetrical and balanced hoof.
Live horse – evaluation of hooves
Part 3- Evaluating leg alignment
Focuses on lower limb anatomy and teaches people how different leg anatomies alter tendon pressure and impact on joints and hooves. How to recognize problems with bone column alignment and how misalignment can cause distortions in the hoof. We also discuss the relationships between front and hind legs and its effect on long-term soundness. Preserved limbs and hooves will be used during classroom lecture to illustrate these points.
Live horse – evaluation of leg alignment
Part 4- Evaluating upper body alignment and conformation
Teaches people to recognize and evaluate upper body alignment and conformation issues that may affect long-term health. Examples include: straightness and squareness of upper body, length of back, shape of the back, length of back relative to hip size and position, hip size and position relative to shoulder position, how the mane falls and the tail hangs.
Live horse – evaluation of body alignment
Part 5- Muscle structure discussion
An in-depth look at how conformation, muscle over-development and muscle atrophy are related to movement patterns. Analysis of the shape and development of the front end vs. the back end and how these affect the movement patterns of the horse. We cover trimming and shoeing strategies to develop a more symmetrical and balanced horse.
Live horse – evaluation of body structure
Test (evaluating a different live horse)
Equine Dynamics is defined as the flow of movement in the horse without strain or interference. In the broadest sense, everything in a horse’s life affects his ability to move and perform. Helping a horse work through performance and soundness issues has been my driving passion for many years. Those issues can often be addressed through proper hoof care, an individualized exercise program, and a careful examination of tack and rider. Teaching horse owners to understand the dynamics of their horse empowers them to recognize and prevent problems before they occur.”
Mike Stine, Registered Journeyman Farrier
Whitehaven Plantation Bishopville, SC 4.26.14 Rockin’ Dollar Arena, The Ultimate Equine Journey, Castalian Springs, TN 5.16 to 5.18.2014
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