Farrier Services

Dennis's Journey

Dennis Cappel Farrier Services

        Dennis’ horseshoeing journey began in the early 1980’s as a young man just graduating from Mizzou. He landed on a job of his dreams working cattle all day  horseback at Briarwood Angus in Butler, MO.
        His thirst for knowledge about a horse led him to an old man who taught him what shoeing should look like.  Unable to find this in his current area he proceeded to teach himself.
Enjoying this new found art, he then started shoeing for the public and in  1993 founded Cappel Weekend Farrier school for those like himself that want to do their own work or make it a career.
       In the early 2000’s Dennis personal undefeated versatility  3 yr old went lame from swelling in the hocks with no treatments giving extended relief.
        Always being a learner Dennis  reached out to his friend and farrier Mike Walsh, who currently was shoeing  in Utopia, TX.  Mike offered to shoe the horse on a return trip to MO and explain what he was now doing.  Immediately after  shoeing, the horse changed his posture and showed instant relief on his feet. In a short time the horse was sound and back to performance.
Dennis quotes: if shoeing caused it – shoeing can fix it.  No Foot – No Horse!
Meet Dennis & Mike – Watch videos below!

Services Offered:

Need someone to do your farrier work?  
Dennis will be glad to assist, contact us


Interested in learning barefoot trim at your own leisure? 

Our online trimming course is your solution.

Start  immediately and enjoy  lifetime access. Click here.


Prefer hands on attention while you learn? 
Weekend Farrier Class is held quarterly. Class is limited for personalized attention with two expert farriers. Click here.


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Cindy at cindy@cappelandcappel.com
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Weekend Shoeing Class Dates


August 6-8


November 5-7


February TBA


April TBA

Cost for the Trimming Session is $500. The Trimming and Shoeing Session is $750. Classes are held at the National Equestrian Center ( NEC) in Lake St. Louis, MO. Reference material packet provided.

For details about this course, visit this page.

Farrier Services Videos


What Past Students Say

Honest praise from former clients.

Thank you!

We have grown our partnership with our horses, our own leadership skills, and our clarity about what we are asking of our equine partners.

Always learning,

The wisdom and skills that Dennis offers make me not only a more effective equestrian but a better human being!

Thank you so much for helping us get here!

We trailered to Indian Camp Creek this morning and had a wonderful three hour ride. It was such a blast and the fulfillment of so many dreams.

I am so excited for my next lesson,

I needed special help from someone who really knew mustangs and was the definition of a professional in all aspects of the word. After only one session with Dennis, Gabriel responded very well and is on the path to becoming the horse I have always dreamed of.

You put my concerns at ease,

I want to thank you for your patience, empathy and understanding during our visit. You put my concerns at ease, and showed that you cared as much about my horse's hoof health as I did. We went out this morning and enjoyed one of the most stress free rides we have had in a very long time. His stride has improved and his foxtrot is outstanding. - Outlaw and Victoria

Freedom shoes were an immediate relief.

Dennis put the freedom shoes on Smoke's front feet and immediately he let out a sign of relief and his eyes softened. Smoke was bearing weight on hoof and is now walking and has no limp, totally comfortable and a happy horse! Thank you! -Jeanne & Smoke

Thank you for the way you are presenting your new programs!

So, this morning we went out for a pasture ride by ourselves. I only took two things with me; a different attitude and my clear mental picture. She looked for her pasture buddy but listened to me! I kept my CMP and attitude shift with me the whole time and all went well.