Carl Stephens III grew up in Ojai, California. It’s the kind of town that has rider-height crosswalk buttons and bike racks used as horse tie-ups outside a coffee shop. Carl has been a surfer, a water polo player and coach, a ranch hand, a burglar alarm technician, a fish cannery worker, and more…but he loves being a farrier and caring for horses.
Carl graduated from Oklahoma Farrier’s College in September of 1980, and has carted around a truck full of the tools of the trade ever since, including a forge for reshaping steel shoes. He has continually improved his understanding of the mechanics of shoeing, as well as the impact of healthy hooves on the overall health of the animal. This constant education has made him a much sought-after hoof care specialist, and has evolved his skills and services to include the growing field and philosophy of “barefoot” hoof care.
Carl Stephens has been married to the same woman since 1981, and is the proud father of seven children. He is active in his local LDS church as well as serving as a leader in the Ojai Valley Grange after many years in the 4H program. He maintains a love for the Boy Scout program, in which he also served in various capacities in years past. Carl prides himself on his amateur photography, and has even been known to forge metal into artistic shapes now and then.