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Mark N. Caldwell


Mark is a former member of the England’s Farrier Team, a former head lecturer at the Myerscough school of Farrier science and was responsible for the development of the BSc (Hons) program.

He is a former WCF judge and examiner and was inducted into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2015. He is a Fellow of the Worshipful Company of Farriers and recently completed a PhD study in hoof morphology as a predictive indicator of pathology at the University of Liverpool Veterinary School.

He has lectured and demonstrated advanced farriery techniques around the globe including Europe, The USA, South America (the highlight being several trips to Brazil where the standards of practical skills displayed were excellent and the thirst for knowledge exhausting), Scandinavia, India, the Middle East and Australia as well as Japan and South Korea. Mark is an ATF and has trained numerous apprentices.

Our practice offers comprehensive diagnosis, treatment and maintenance.range of farriery services. From general farriery through our associate program of highly skilled general practitioners in addition to peer referrals. Working in conjunction with your current veterinary practice and your registered farrier we are able to offer assistance with complex cases where numerous shoeing options are possible. Your farriers can draw on our extensive experience  to help find the most suitable farriery treatment plan. We also offer confidential second opinion reports or telephone or on-line consultations with farriers and veterinary surgeons on all aspects of farriery treatment plans and options. 


Mark Nathan Caldwell

Rutland Cottage, Liverpool Road West,, Church Lawton,, Cheshire ST7 3DZ · Tel: +44(0)7792374551

Personal Statement
I am a highly skilled, motivated, responsible, hardworking, conscientious farriery educator with over 30 years’ experience therapeutic and remedial farriery. Proven ability to enhance soundness and performance in high level competition horses with an excellent track record of achieving learner success at both basic and advanced farriery qualifications. International reputation for innovative solutions for foot related lameness es and high standards of workmanship and training.

Work Experience
January 2017 – present.
independent farriery consultant, lecturer and researcher.
Apr-2001 – September 2016
Senior Farriery HE Farriery Tutor
School of Farriery Science Myerscough College, Billsborrow, Preston. Lancashire. England. PR3  0RY
October 2011-December 2017
Post Graduate Research PhD Student University of Liverpool. My post graduate research is Hoof capsule morphology as a predictive indicator of foot pathology.
Senior College and Technical Internal Verifier Farriery, The Farriery Training Service.
Responsible for Design and Delivery Foundation Diploma Pre-Farriery, Design and Delivery NVQ Level 3 Farriery AMA Technical Certificate, Advanced Farriery Practices Leading towards Associate and Fellowship Examinations
July 1984-July 1997
Farriery Consultant
University of Liverpool Veterinary Field Station
Neston, Cheshire West and Chester CH64 7TE
Freelance Farriery consultant responsible for all therapeutic, surgical and remedial shoeing
March 1987-July 1997
Farriery Consultant
Ashbrook Equine Hospital,
Middlewich Rd, Knutsford, Cheshire West and Chester WA16 9JQ
Responsible for all therapeutic, surgical and remedial farriery.

PhD Veterinary Clinical Sciences
University of Liverpool,
University of Liverpool L69 3BX. United Kingdom
Worshipful Company of Farriers,
Oct 1981 – Oct 1987
The Clerk to The Worshipful Company of Farriers 19, Queen Street Chipperfield Kings Langley Herts WD4 9B
Diploma of The Worshipful Company of Farriers October 1981
Associate of The Worshipful Company of Farriers October 1984
Fellow of The Worshipful Company of Farriers October 1987

Excellent team leadership skills with good problem-solving skills a quick thinker and decisive
with excellent oratory skills and further qualified in Skills assessment and verification with the following additional qualifications City & Guilds D32/33 Assessor Award V1 Internal Verification Award

I am highly computer / IT literate in Word, excel, PowerPoint, Publisher Minitab 16 statistical analysis, Ontrack gait analysis

Domestic and Pleasure

Marital status
Divorced with two children Gary aged 19 and Natalie Anne aged 16.

Career Achievements
Inducted to International Hall of Fame (2015)
Approved Judge Worshipful Company of Farriers (1990 – 2002)
Member of the Worshipful Company of farriers Examination Board (1997 – 2002)
English National Farriery Team (1987, 2000, 2001)
English National Farriery Team Manager/Coach (2002 2004)
National and International Farriery Competitions between 1984 & 2000 Winning 22 Silver Medals, 7 Bronze, 3rd National Championship 1999 and winning National Team Member twice and runner up once.
Clinician at numerous hands-on Clinics and CPD Courses for Advanced Farriery Techniques on behalf of The Worshipful Company of Farriers between 1990 to present.

Book Chapters and Reviews
NVQ Work Book 1, Unit 1 el 1.1 Lighting and Maintaining the Forge Fire
NVQ Work Book 2, Unit 1 el 1.2 Tool Making and Maintenance
NVQ Work Book 2, Unit 1 el 1.3 Basic Shoemaking Techniques
NVQ Work Book 4, Unit 2, el 2.1 Asses the Equine
NVQ Work Book 5, Unit 2 el 2.1 Anatomy and Physiology of the Equine Limb
NVQ Work Book 6, Unit 2 el 2.2 Preparing the Shoeing Plan
NVQ Work Book 7, Unit 2 el 2.1 Farriery Theory Diagnosis, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment of Common Disorders of the Equine Foot and Limb

Refereed peer reviewed publications
Caldwell M.N., Allan L.A., Pinchbeck G.L., Clegg P.D., Kissick K.E and Milner P.I. (2015). A test of the universal applicability of a commonly used principle of hoof balance. Equine Veterinary Journal (2015)

Mather. J, Caldwell M. N., and Reilly. J.D. (2009). A preliminary study of a geometric proportioned foot trim, By, Forge, April 2009, pp 4-8 Caldwell, M. & D’Arcy. C., (2009). Mapping the solar surface of the foot using fixed anatomical reference points on the bearing surface of the equine front foot American Farriers Journal. Aug 2009 pp 63-68

Balchin, P. W., Mitchell D. W. and Caldwell, M. N. (2009). Dissection of 22 cadaver limb specimens trimmed to UST, Duckett’s dot and bridge, geometric proportions. Forge, February 2009, pp 4-7

Caldwell M. N. & Sayers.R. (2010) Assessment of Hoof Size to Body Weight in 20 cadavers and a Group of Ten Riding School Horses. Forge. April 2010, pp4-10

Caldwell M. N., Reilly J. D, and Savoldi M. (2010) Quantitative Horse Hoof Trimming Protocol for Research Purposes. Forge, May 2010, pp 4-9 .

Caldwell M (1999) Surgical and Corrective Farriery in Equine Laminitis. European Farriers Journal (1999)

M N Caldwell (1987) The Horses Foot Function and Symmetry European Farriers Journal (1998)

M N Caldwell Stress Fractures of the Hoof Wall (1987) Equine Veterinary Education (1997)

M N Caldwell Understanding the Mechanics of Foot Balance (1997) Equine Veterinary Education 1997

Proudman C and Caldwell M (1990) Wound Management in Coronary Band Lacerations Equine Veterinary Education (1990)

Eustace R, and Caldwell M (1989) Treatment of Solar Prolapse Using the Heart Bar Shoe and Dorsal Wall Resection Equine Veterinary Journal (1988)

Eustace R, and Caldwell M (1989) The Construction of the Hear Bar Shoe and the Technique of Dorsal Wall Resection Equine Veterinary Journal (1988)

Caldwell M and Claxton A (1988). Pre-Navicular Syndrome e a Clinical Study British Equine Veterinary Association Congress (1987)

International Conference Presentations
International Hoof Care Summit (2019)
American Farriers Convention Reno (2018)
International Hoof Care Summit (2017)
Werkman Spring Games Groningen Holland (2017)
Gold Coast Veterinary Farriery Conference University Of Brisbane Australia (2017)
American Farriers Convention Mobile Alabama (2016)
Farriery Focus Stoneleigh England (2016)
Werkman Farriery Lectures Birmingham England 2015
Farriery Focus Stoneleigh England (2015)
University of Southern California (Davies) memorial lectures (2015)
Science in Farriery Conference Myerscough England (2012)
North American Association of Equine Practitioners (2012)
North east American Equine Podiatry Meeting (2011)
NAFBAE Farrier Focus (2010)
Texas Equine Veterinary Association Annual Conference (2009)
Cornell University Vet Farrier Conference (2008)
BEVA NAFBAE Conference (2008)
International Hoof Care Summit (2007)
American farriers Convention Albuquerque (2006)
BEVA NAFBAE Conference (2006)
Swedish Farriers Convention (2005)
BEVA NAFBAE Conference (2004)
1st Annual UK Farriers Convention (2001)
BEVA NAFBAE Conference (2002)
Canadian Farriers Convention (2002)
Equuis Convention Barcelona (2000)
Finnish Farriers Convention (2000)
Swedish Farriers Convention (1999)
7th Annual Laminitis Symposium, Kentucky (1999)
Islamic Equine Veterinary Congress, Iran (1998)
Dutch Veterinary Farriery Conference (1998)
Japan Racing Association (1997)
Korean Racing Association (1997)
Irish Master Farriers Association Conference (1997)
3rd International Lameness Convention, Newmarket (1996)
British Equine Veterinary Congress, Dublin (1996)
International Symposium on White Line Disease, Florida (1995)
Gulf States Equine Veterinary Conference, Dubai (1995)

Letters of Endorsement

To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing from my experience as the publisher of American Farriers Journal and conference director of the International Hoof-Care Summit. American Farriers Journal is print publication and website for farriers in the United States and worldwide. The International Hoof-Care Summit is an annual conference that brings more than 1,200 farriers and equine veterinarians to Cincinnati, Ohio each year.

In these capacities, I have worked with Dr. Mark Caldwell as both an author and lecturer. As an educator, Dr. Caldwell has been instrumental in furthering the knowledge of proper equine foot care for farriers in the United States. Through his research, writing and workshops, Dr. Caldwell has improved the quality of work of thousands of farriers throughout the U.S. The work of farriers is instrumental for the equine industry. Proper hoof- care sustains billion dollar operations of competitions, sales, pleasure riding and other facets of the equine industry. Dr. Caldwell’s efforts in educating farriers have certainly contributed to sustaining these operations. Because of his contributions to the equine industry, Dr. Caldwell has received many honours. One noteworthy award is his induction a few years ago into the International Horseshoeing Fall of Fame. This is an honour jointly run by the Kentucky Derby Museum and American Farriers Journal. It recognizes the farriers who have made significant and lasting contributions to equine foot care. Inductees are elected by the current members of the Hall of Fame. It is through his contributions to farrier education that earned him this distinction.

In closing, Dr. Caldwell has made tremendous and lasting contributions to the farrier industry. Furthermore, he has much more to contribute to farrier education through his work in the U.S. Therefore, I fully support his visa so he can help improve the lives of farriers and horses in our nation.

Please call me at the number below if you have further questions.

Jeremy McGovern
Publisher/Conference Director
American Farriers Journal/International Hoof-Care Summit

Virginia Therapeutic Farriery
Equine Podiatry
Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS


May 26, 2019

To Whom it May Concern:

This letter is written to serve as a recommendation for Mark N. Caldwell PhD, FCWF.

I am both a veterinarian and a farriery with fifty years of experience. My practice is devoted to medicine, surgery and farriery for the equine foot (curriculum vitae furnished upon request). I maintain a consulting practice where I travel worldwide to treat and or consult on complicated podiatry cases. I have published over 25 manuscripts in both the national and international peer-reviewed veterinary literature, written ten book chapters and edited two editions of the Veterinary Clinics of North America – Equine Practice; one on equine podiatry and the other on therapeutic farriery.

I have known and interacted with Dr. Caldwell since 2009. Dr. Caldwell learned the farriery trade through a formal 4-year apprenticeship which is required in the United Kingdom. At the conclusion of this apprenticeship, he received a Diploma in farriery (Dip. WCF). Not satisfied; through his farriery practice, working with mentors, attending seminars on advanced farriery and sitting for examinations, he was awarded both, the Associate (AWCF) and Fellow (FWCF) degrees from the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He then became a senior lecture /researcher at the School of Farrier Science at Myerscough College in Preston, Lancaster, England.

During his tenure at Myerscough, Dr. Caldwell designed and validated the world’s first science degree in farriery. His goal was to put science back in farriery and provide some evidence-based documentation into the various traditional farriery methods in common use. While at Myerscough, he also organized an international symposium on ‘putting science in farriery’ in which I had the honour of participating. In 2015, he left Myerscough to concentrate on his own studies, private farriery clinics and education along with a limited amount of private consulting.

During the same time frame, he was studying hoof morphology as a predictive indicator of pathology as a post-graduate PhD student at the University of Liverpool Veterinary School. In 2017, he submitted his thesis entitled ‘Hoof balance metrics and the association with biomechanics and pathologies of the equine digit’ and received a PhD for this work. I personally reviewed this epic manuscript which disproved many of the traditional aspects of farriery methodology.

In the same year he was inducted into The International Farrier Hall of Fame, an honour reserved for a select few who have excelled in the field of farriery science.

The qualifications of Dr. Caldwell, as stated above, make this individual uniquely qualified to teach, present and demonstrate advanced farriery science. It is rare to find a highly skilled farrier (craftsman) combined with the scientific knowledge focused on biomechanics. This combination allows him to teach at a higher level that is often lacking here in the United States. His seminars not only enhance the farrier profession but the veterinary profession as well.

If I can answer any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Stephen E. O’Grady, DVM, MRCVS

Mark Caldwell PhD