About Ron

UPDATE: March 2008
I have turned my basic shoeing practice over to my son Scott Marshall (Cen-Tex Horseshoeing) and have specialized in Therapeutic Horse Shoeing. Specifically Equine Podiatry as related to the Veterinarian-Farrier Team approach to Therapeutic Shoeing.

I am limiting my practice to a Semi-Retired status. I have built a new shop in Liberty Hill, Texas and will continue to work on horses brought to me at a reduced rate. As long as they can behave. I am available to help any farrier or veterinarian anywhere with problem cases. I bring with me a network of Veterinarians and Farriers as advisors when needed. – Ron

Texas Farrier Ron MarshallRon Marshall is a full time therapeutic farrier who works with Texas veterinarians. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Ron started shoeing as a part time endeavor at age 18. He continued shoeing during his 15-year tenure at Dow Chemical Company in Freeport, Texas where he worked as a research technician. After an early retirement from Dow, Ron taught Basic Principles of Horse Shoeing at Brazosport College in Rosharon, Texas (1972-1976 ).

Texas Farrier Ron Marshall viewing x-rayAfter receiving an Associate of Applied Science degree from Brazosport College, Ron moved to the Austin, Texas area and worked the next two years full time for Swayze Parker Cutting Horses in Georgetown. Developing an interest in therapeutic shoeing, Ron began working with area veterinarians.

Ron joined the Texas Professional Farriers Association (a chapter of the American Farriers Association) in 1980. In 1983 he certified thru the American Farriers Association . His interest in therapeutic shoeing led him to his first Bluegrass Laminitis Symposium in 2000. This symposium was an eye opening experience into working with veterinarians as a team approach to therapeutic shoeing. Ron has continued to attend the annual symposium and completed Podiatry 101 through The International Equine Podiatry Institute in Versailles, Kentucky.

Texas Farrier preparing equine orthoticsRon regularly conducts clinics for Central Texas Farriers, veterinarians, and horse owners. He also has given clinics for FFA, 4H, and other horse interest groups as well as the American Association for Horsemanship Safety, Inc.

Ron also has mentored many young horseshoers. Several of his apprentices developed their own full-time farrier businesses. Ron encourages the apprentice program and offers this opportunity to anyone committed to this profession.

The past ten years have been a real struggle to see the two professions (Farriers and Veterinarians) cap their ego’s and concentrate on treating hoof related injuries or illness and establishing an on-going maintenance program. The 2007 AAEP convention in San Antonio, Texas brought Equine Podiatry into the open. More and more farriers are getting involved in Podiatry programs as this concept is encouraged by more and more vet clinics. The American Farriers Association is now offering a new class of certification to all Journeymen Farriers, ” Therapeutic Endorsement “.New Shop in Liberty Hill Texas

UPDATE: March 2008
I have turned my basic shoeing practice over to my son Scott Marshall (Cen-Tex Horseshoeing) and have specialized in Therapeutic Horse Shoeing. Specifically Equine Podiatry as related to the Veterinarian-Farrier Team approach to Therapeutic Shoeing.

I am limiting my practice to a Semi-Retired status. I have built a new shop in Liberty Hill, Texas and will continue to work on horses brought to me at a reduced rate. As long as they can behave. I am available to help any farrier or veterinarian anywhere with problem cases. I bring with me a network of Veterinarians and Farriers as advisors when needed. – Ron

Q: ‘What do you charge?’

A: ‘It might take several shoeings to see a change. The development of new hoof will take time. My labor rate for therapeutic work is $100/hr. The orthotics used may be a simple modified keg shoe which would be included in the labor charge. If higher tech. design shoes are necessary, they may range from $25.00/pair to $50.00 each. Sole packing material is approx. $40.00/hoof. Misc. packing materials $5.00/hoof. I give you these figures not to scare you off but to give a realistic idea of what is available thru therapeutic shoeing.’ – Ron

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