After graduating from college, Chip was a computer consultant. In 1991, fed up with the corporate world, he decided to follow his father's path into the horse world. His father, Sam, was a life-long, gifted rider, teacher and trainer, well-known along the East Coast for many decades. Instead of riding, Chip chose horse shoeing. In 1992 he graduated from the Eastern School of Farriery in Martinsville, VA and landed plum apprenticeships with Paul Goodness and Mark Keppick, farriers who worked with many Olympic riders in the area. Both had worked as farriers at the Seoul 1988 Olympic games. Over the next two years, Chip worked not only with some of the best horses in the world, but with many of the best horse people. He also worked on many inpatients at the Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center in Leesburg, VA.
In 1996, Paul Goodness was chosen to be America's lead farrier at the Atlanta Olympic Games, and Chip was on the list of farriers under consideration to be his assistant until the Olympic Committee ruled that, due to security reasons, there were to be no assistants.
The 7,000th horse he shod.
Sam Langston training a hunter/jumper.
Since then, Chip has continued to perfect his talents. His approach has always been to trim each hoof to properly support the leg, and then fabricate shoes that correct any imbalances. Each shoe is tailored to the horse's work load, and living and competing environment.
We live in a busy world. Work, family, and horses all vie for our ever-shrinking time. Chip values your time and shows up for your appointment, on time, ready to work. Before he leaves, he sets your next appointment, and calls several days before to verify the appointment. Your time is not wasted on a farrier who doesn't show. Call today to schedule an appointment.
For most sound horses, radiographs of their shod feet should show that: when viewed from the side, their pastern and coffin bones line up like dominoes placed end-to-end; when viewed from the front, the wings of the coffin bone are parallel to the ground. This balanced hoof capsule provides not only proper support to the leg's bones by evenly distributing the weight across each joint surface, but also weights the tendons, muscles and ligaments correctly. Chip has the necessary expertise to properly balance each one of your horse's feet, for every shoeing.
Radiograph of a properly trimmed foot ready for a shoe.
Feet trimmed by Chip ready for shoes.
Chip learned how to handle horses from his Dad, and his gentle and compassionate approach always wins over all his two-legged and four-legged clients. He understands that horses are often friends and family members and treats them accordingly. Often a horse that's 'bad for the farrier' is really reacting to the pain caused by the farrier's position. Chip lets your horse tell him what's a comfortable position.
Sam and Eevi Langston, Chip's parents.