28962 Gladiolus Dr.
Canyon Country, CA 91387
Frank is an occasional guest on the KHTS 1220 radio program “Around the Barn with Head Up” every Saturday at 9 a.m.
Meet Frank Rohling, Master Farrier. Frank began riding when he was 12 years old while growing up in Wyoming and Montana. His uncle had horses and was an outdoorsman, riding and using the horses as pack animals also on his hiking, fishing, and mountain explorations. He taught Frank the basics of riding, western style.
Like the rest of us, Frank was destined to grow up. So during his high school and college years Frank had little contact with the equine world.
Frank became a successful executive with Bloomingdale’s for ten years. He opened the Century City and Beverly Center stores in Southern California. Every day Frank would look at the mountains and felt a need for a simpler lifestyle. It was in his blood.
He started back with horses, and began to train as a three-day event rider. This requires English riding skills. So, Frank started training at Silver Gate Farms, in Santa Clarita. Three-day riding is a very demanding sport and not for the faint of heart. It requires competing in three different areas of riding skills: Dressage, Cross Country, and Stadium Jumping. His trainer grew wary of Frank complaining about his corporate lifestyle. Frank was engaged to wife Ren at the time. Finally Jim said, “If I were a younger man, I would become a farrier.” (A farrier is a person who shoes horses.) That was all it took to get Frank thinking. He became a student at the Pacific Coast Horse Shoeing School. After graduating, Frank apprenticed with well known farrier Sam Malone. “Sam the horseshoe man.” Horse shoeing requires a certain type of individual to become a great farrier. Frank has all the qualities: patience, good technical skills, and a love of horses.
If you don’t love them, don’t try to shoe them!
- Therapeutic shoeing solutions
- Hot/cold shoeing
- From babies to the older horse