Meet the Staff

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Cody Bogard CJF TE APF: Owner & Farrier

I grew up around horses, spending hours observing, riding, and playing with

I grew up around horses, spending hours observing, riding, and playing with them. Before studying to become a farrier, I worked as a barn manager and trainer. The prior experience allows me to work patiently with your horse, and to know what your horse needs from the standpoint of both a farrier and rider.

I graduated from the Heartland Horseshoeing School Journeyman course in 2008. I am a Certified Journeyman Farrier with a Therapeutic Endorsement (CJF TE) with the American Farriers Association.

Other interests of mine include camping, hiking, and working in the forge.

Achievements

2010 High Point winner Indiana Farriers Association shoeing contest

Certified Journeyman Farrier

Therapeutic Endorsement

Former Secretary of the Indiana Farriers Association

Board member of the Indiana Farriers Association

I have been more than 15 years in the equine industry, and have helped more than 240 clients with their equines.


My Approach to Farrier Work

Ever since I was a young child I have been obsessed with asking and answering the question “why”. “Why” is foundational to the work I do with horses, every rasp stroke, every modification to a shoe, all of it needs to be done for a reason. I will spend a minimum of 300 hours a year on continuing my education asking and answering why about anatomy, pathology and biomechanics. 

I am committed to putting my education to use to provide quality care for your horse no matter what discipline they are used for. Whether an eventer, jumper, dressage horse, trail horse or backyard pet, every horse deserves the best care possible. The only factor that changes the quality of work is the behavior of the horse. 

As I approach trimming or shoeing a horse there are a multitude of factors to be taken into consideration, some of the most important are the health of the horn itself, static balance in several planes, dynamic balance, the proportions of the foot, grip and purchase (traction), and protection.

2008

Graduated from Heartland Horseshoeing School

2010

Certified Farrier

2019

Certified Journeyman Farrier

2021

Therapeutic Endorsement

2022

Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers

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Kia Apple: Director of Social Media & Marketing

My love for horses has spanned almost my entire life. I have experience with horses from years of riding lessons and various job positions, but am always in awe as I learn more.

I joined Dixie’s Farrier Service at the beginning of 2017 and immediately grew to love their mission and passion. I have learned so much from this job and am continually learning to best serve our clients and horses. I cannot contain my excitement for what is to come for this wonderful company.