Paul Woodall A.W.C.F MSc (res) - Farrier
Getting the best care and attention for all horses under the supervision of LRS is an absolute and non-negotiable principle. Whether one of our horses is a modest 50-rated handicapper or an equine superstar they are guaranteed Group 1 care.
That’s why we feel it’s vital to have a brilliant farrier such as Paul Woodall as a core member of team LRS. Not only has he been shoeing for over 25 years, holding the Associate qualification since 1990, but in 2002 he became the first farrier in this country to hold a Master of Science qualification. His thesis was The Biology of Equine Hoof Decay (White line Disease) an independent research topic carried out at The University of Central Lancashire in Preston. This subject and the findings from subsequent research (carried out with another member of team LRS, Dr Sarah Hobbs, and Dr C Rolph) into locomotive and development issues was presented by Paul to fellow farriers, vets and researchers in Europe and America.
Prior to becoming a farrier, Paul was a qualified time served blacksmith and studied engineering at Bolton technical college. He then trained under the world-renowned farrier, D Duckett FWCF and, importantly, this background enabled Paul to approach shoeing without any preconceived ideas.
As he explains: “The experience I have gained in shoeing International dressage horses, remedial work and working with foals has shown me the benefits of correct balance and the disadvantages of incorrect balance. In racehorse terms, an unbalanced horse becomes fatigued sooner. Conversely, as a balanced horse won`t have a higher terminal speed but he will be able to run as fast as he can for longer, hence making him faster over a distance of ground. These facts are borne out by research.”
LRS fully appreciate the fact that only a balanced horse can run to its true potential which makes Paul’s job easier as we all want the same thing - a successful outcome.
PAUL WAS VOTED 'FARRIER OF THE YEAR' IN 2017 - A MAGNIFICENT ACHIEVEMENT!