Maine Farriers Association is dedicated to providing Maine hoof care practitioners with continuing education opportunities and a professional network that encourages idea-sharing and communication.
Everyone is welcome!
Our membership (over 50 in 2013) comprises a diverse group of farriers, trimmers, veterinarians, trainers, and aspiring practitioners (e.g. veterinary interns, farrier apprentices) throughout Maine and New England.
Click HERE for a MFA printable flyer. Feel free to distribute it to colleagues and clients!
What We Do
Regular quarterly meetings are free to members. These 1 day events are usually held on Saturdays, and the location of hosting equine facilities varies throughout the state. Meetings begin with assembly for meeting minutes, followed by a topic presentation by our featured speaker/clinician, who then leads the group in examination of a series of case studies provided by the hosting veterinary clinic, or from the practice of attending farriers. Lunch is provided, and clinics wrap up in the afternoon. MFA offers a Fall Clinic- this 2-day event is hosted by the equine program at the University of Maine, Orono. We recruit renowned speakers in equine hoof health for this event; examples of past clinicians include equine podiatrist Amy Rucker, DVM, and AAPF president Jeff Ridley, farrier. Many participants elect to overnight at a nearby hotel at our discounted rate, and there is a fee for this event.
Farrier Directory- We maintain an evergreen directory of farriers and trimmers throughout the state. Through the exchange of ideas and communication at meetings, MFA members remain informed about the expertise of individual farriers and veterinarians in the state, and about who is practicing where.
This makes it easy for members to call on a colleague for help, or to direct owners to the farrier who will best meet their needs.
Charitable Giving is part of MFA. Every year we donate funds and/or services to worthwhile equine organizations throughout Maine. Examples of current and past donations include UMO's equine sciences program, Maine equine rescue groups, as well as providing volunteer educators for events like Pony Club conventions.