About Us

I am Bob Sorensen. I am co-owner of a small horse ranch in Acton, Ca. where we raise trail horses. I’m from Texas and have been riding and working with horses since I was a child. I learned colt breaking in Arizona, horseshoeing and ranch work in Texas, team roping and steer wrestling in California, Arizona and Nevada. It’s no wonder I turned to horse ranching. 
 
 
 
 
My wife,Sue, is from New York and rode horses frequently as a young woman but, as with most people, work got in the way and she was away from horses for a while. After we were married she again rekindled her love of horses and trail riding. Thus began Lone Star Ranch.
 



  
 

 

Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop - Mike Wildenstein Clinic Review
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A Note from Bob:

Vacations

Baseball, Boxing and Horses
Summer time means very busy shoeing schedules, but it might be the best time of the year to take your family on vacation. You could use the rest, as well.

If you’re considering a vacation, or just a long weekend trip, Kentucky Horses, Baseball and Bourbon Distilleries are all within a 6–7 hour drive of St. Louis.

LOUISVILLE:
A must visit destination is Churchill Downs with the Derby Museum and the Farriers Hall of Fame

For baseball fans, the Louisville Slugger factory and museum is a great place

Tour the Muhammad Ali Center

Just 1-1/2 hours east of Louisville is:
LEXINGTON:
Kentucky Horse Park. This park has 1200 acres of beautiful grounds and is filled with everything horse related, including the recently remodeled and expanded Farrier Shop.

Horse Farms
o Claiborne
o Lane’s End
o WinStar Farm

Be sure to check for tours and times before you go.

A nice stopover between Louisville and Lexington is Shelbyville, KY - the Saddlebred capitol of the world. Farm tours can be arranged through the Simpsonville/Shelby County Visitors Bureau.

Educational Products for Farriers Available at Spanish Lake

Call us at 636-463-7211 or visit spanishlake.com to purchase any of these great products.

BOOKS


Elements of Farrier Science


Hoof Problems


Understanding Horse’s Feet

DVD’s

Hammer, Anvil
& Tongs

12 Points of
Limb Balance


Shoeing the Jumper





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Mike Wildenstein Clinic Review

Evaluating the Horse

Day one of our 2-day clinic was held at the beautiful new Homestead Veterinary Hospital. Ten farriers joined the Hands-On session in which Mike evaluated all five horses to be shod by the farriers. Ten farriers and veterinarians audited the clinic. Mike reviewed the methods he uses in his practice for information gathering prior to shoeing a horse. Here is a video in which Mike evaluates an Event horse named Brodie. The video demonstrates the method he used at the clinic on each of the five horses prior to work being performed.

Watch a How-To Video

This video shows Farrier's Initial Evaluation of the Horse

Watch the video here »

After the evaluation process, which included input from the farriers and veterinarians who attended the clinic, the trimming/shoeing process began. Dr. Kellerman of Homestead and farrier Eric Ankelman provided five excellent horses for the clinic. The horses were very well-behaved, which allowed everyone to move around to watch and listen to the comments and work as it was being performed.

Sandy Raferty, founder of Therapeutic Horsemanship explains the program. Dr. Ted Kellerman of Homestead Veterinary Hospital is standing to the right.
A fee of $100 for participating in the Hands-On and a $50 fee for auditing generated $1500 which will be divided between Therapeutic Horsemanship and the Animal Health Foundation. This clinic provided continuing education for farriers and veterinarians plus sizable contributions to these equine programs to aid in their good work.

The second day of the clinic was held at Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop. Mike presented 3 programs that had appeal for both farriers and veterinarians.
  • The Evaluation and Treatment of Limb Deviations in Foals
  • Shoeing for Soft Tissue Lesions
  • Current Modalities for the Treatment of Laminitis; Farrier’s Perspective
Mike’s presentations were clear, detailed and punctuated with images and radiographs. Comments from those who attended were very positive.

 

Business Information

One of the issues that cause many farriers to either quit the trade, or find full time employment while shoeing part time, is establishing a solid business plan and bookkeeping system.

With the availability of laptops and tablets and farrier business software developing a profitable business is easier than ever.
Whether you hire an accountant to help you establish pricing, income and expense worksheets, or you purchase farrier business software, you can change your business and improve your income.

I built an Excel worksheet a few years ago for Farrier Product Distribution. You can access this FREE worksheet and instructions from the FPD website.

Another valuable tool is Forge Ahead, software specifically designed for farrier businesses. Forge Ahead tracks your horses, inventory, expenses, income and more. Julie, the developer stands by her product with great support and help throughout the initial setup and beyond. You can download a 30 day trial of the software by visiting the website.
Whether you are just beginning your farrier career or have been at it for some time, taking the time to set up an accounting/record keeping system will pay for itself very quickly.
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