Farrier & Educator Mitch Taylor Explains Why He Likes Razer Horseshoes

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December 30, 2015 by RAZERHORSE BLOG

“The main reasons that I like the Razer shoe is that it only expands and torques to a maximum degree. This controlled dynamic of the shoe is the first to accommodate the temporary distortions of the capsule under load but doesn’t sacrifice the rigidity and support needed to maintain healthy feet.

I am a big believer in providing the correctly trimmed foot a well fit, rigid shoe when working on sport horses. The Razer shoe provides the rigid capsule support needed in athletic events while accommodating a degree of controlled capsular flex. This additional dynamic provides a greater ability for the foot to dissipate shock and perfuse blood that the conventional steel or aluminum shoe does not.”

Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF
Director of Education at Kentucky Horseshoeing School

For more information on Razer horseshoes, visit razerhorse.com or call 855-95-RAZER.

mitch taylorAbout Mitch Taylor
Mitch is the AFA’s “Educator of The Year” award winner for 2007 and 2011, as well as the Clinician of the Year award for 2012. Among his many successful students Mitch is proud to count 6 members of the AFA U.S. National Horseshoeing Team as well as students who have earned positions with various US equine teams, leading veterinary hospitals, university veterinary schools and have even shod Kentucky Derby winners.

Mitch is an active judge at national and international farrier competitions and currently works worldwide as a noted clinician in the field of equine limb anatomy and biomechanics. In Taylor’s work as a clinician in the field, some of the more notable events include being an featured speaker at the NAEP annual conference on lameness, teaching race-horse short courses for the Turkish Jockey Club in Istanbul, Turkey, serving as the Keynote Speaker and Judge at the Mexican National Horse Congress in Mexico City, speaking at the International Veterinarian and Farrier Conference in Bergamo, Italy, served as a Judge at the Ayreshire Shoeing Competition in Ayreshire, Scotland and as a clinician on several occasions at Stoneleigh, England as well as presenting original research and findings at the International Equine Conference on Laminitis and Diseases of the Foot in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Mitch Taylor began his farrier training in 1975 and has been an AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier since 1982. After receiving his primary farrier training at Colorado Mountain College, Mitch served his apprenticeship in southern California specializing in jumping and dressage horses.

During the length of his career, Mr. Taylor has served as the President of the Registry of Professional Farrier Educators, as a member of the AFA Equine Research Committee, served on the AFA Board of Directors and served as Chairman of the AFA Education Committee. Mitch has also been chosen to be a part of the panel presenting technical seminars as a part of the KTOB/Keeneland International Emerging Markets program. He also serves on the Welfare and Safety of the Racehorse Summit Shoeing and Hoof Care Committee.

Working with researchers worldwide and alongside his students at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School, Mitch is able to continue his interest in the area of promoting sound farrier principles to all horses. Midway College, one of the first in America to establish an equine science program has invited Mitch to teach their lab course as an adjunct professor. 2010 was the first year, and it was a resounding success. A noted author, Mitch publishes frequently in Professional Farrier, the official publication of the American Farrier’s Association, and served as the primary author of the AFA’s Education Manual; he has published extensively in numerous other farrier publications, including the American Farrier’s Journal. Working with researchers worldwide and alongside his students at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School, Mitch is able to continue his interest in the area of promoting sound farrier principles to all horses.


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