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Testimonial by a student – DMD Hearts and Hooves

From: Alicia
Date: May 18, 2016 at 6:53:20 AM MST
Subject: Letter of Recommendation

To Whom It May Concern,

My wife and I are co-directors for DMD Hearts and Hooves, a 501(c)(3) organization with more than 23 therapy trained miniature horses. (

I attended the Tucson School of Horseshoeing eight week course under the Post 9-11 GI Bill from February 2015 through March 2015. When registering for the course, I explained to Director Goode that my primary goal was to learn to trim the hooves of miniature horses.

Director Goode’s teaching philosophy is quite simple yet highly effective – students learn by doing. During the eight-week course, I learnt to trim and shoe all size horses from huge draft horses to miniature horses. In addition to trimming and shoeing, the curriculum includes blacksmithing, horse nutrition, hoof and leg anatomy, and controlling recalcitrant horses; everything a good farrier should know.

Director Goode’s knowledge, experience, teaching style, and personality made the eight-week course an extremely valuable and enjoyable learning experience which has transferred quite easily to our real life.

Director Goode makes it point to assist all veterans enrolled in his class navigate through the Veterans Administration paperwork. Moreover, he is always available to assist former students with problems they encounter in real life.

It is without qualms or reservation, I heartily recommend the Tucson School of Horseshoeing for anyone, especially veterans, desiring to improve their equine knowledge or start a career as a farrier.

Thomas S. Davidson II
Chief Warrant Officer 4
Military Intelligence Corps
United States Army (Retired)