Meet Joe McClellan

EDUCATION

In 1996, I graduated from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where I was a dual engineer major and earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Architectural Engineering and Civil Engineering.  Prior to graduating from Drexel, in 1991 I completed an Associate in Art degree in Architecture from Ann Arundel Community College, Arnold, Maryland, my home State.

Joe with his horses, Winston & Aspen

Joe with his horses, Winston & Aspen

In 2009, I completed a “Natural Balance Hoof Trimming Course,” which taught me the fundamentals of hoof care.  In 2011, I became a certified “Natural Balance Farrier” (a.k.a. ELPO Farrier) and completed a 22-month apprenticeship with Rick Binger, a Natural Balance Farrier of Spotted Fever Ranch.

In 2008, I started studying, practicing, and using Clinton Anderson’s “Downunder Horsemanship” to improve my feel, timing, ground work, and riding skills.  I attended a “3-Day Fundamental Horsemanship Clinic” in 2011 presented by Dale Cunningham, a Certified Clinton Anderson Clinician, with my horse Winston.

WORK EXPERIENCE

After graduating from college, I moved to Colorado and found work as a structural engineer.  I was employed full time until November 2010 when the building recession caught up with me and I was laid off from my engineering job.  In November 2010, I started my 22-month farrier apprenticeship and this has been my profession ever since.

Using my engineering experience and knowledge on the Laws of Physics, I’ll help you to better understand your horse’s hoof care needs.  I’ll use physical-based evidence to support my analysis of your horse.  Furthermore, I’ll provide sources of reference so that you may study and verify my findings and further your education and understanding of the horse.  The more knowledge you have the better informed your decisions will be and the less likely you’ll be influenced by opinions that make no physical sense and are more than likely based off of rumors and innuendo.

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