Tyrone Irons grew up with over two hundred horses, but he wasn’t always this good with them.
“I had to find a different way to feel comfortable around these horses because I kept getting hurt,” says Irons, Professional Farrier and Equine Teacher.
He began reading books and studying under horse experts to find a way to get the animals to listen to him.
“If you don’t have a horse’s attention, then you have a horse that’s making its own decisions, doing its own thing,” says Irons.
Like humans, each horse has a different personality and you have to build rapport with them before they’ll trust you.”
“My perspective wasn’t necessarily from getting a horse to accomplish a task, more so it was to get a horse to calm down and relax,” says Irons.
When the horses disobey him, he runs them through a few laps around the pen. When they listen, he stops and lets them think about what is happening. Either way, he is patient.
“I’m always looking for ways to let the horse stop. I’m not trying to push the horse. If we’re pushing horses too far, too hard, we are stressing them out and that can’t be a great way of teaching. At least, not in my opinion,” says Irons.
Before training, he makes sure that the horse isn’t sore and that its hooves are in good shape.
“If the horse is hurting, getting to that horse’s mind is going to be very, very hard to do. It’s going to be next to impossible because the horse is thinking about the pain that they’re going through, rather than the teachings that you’re trying to train,” says Irons.
“I trust him, my horses trust him and there’s that relationship that I know he’s not going to hurt my horses,” says Streic, Horse Owner.
She says her favorite part is seeing the progress he makes with the horses after only a day.
Irons travels across the upper Midwest as a farrier, trimming and making shoes for horses’ hooves. If you would like to make an appointment with him, visit his page on Facebook.