Since the introduction of the horses more than 400 years ago, the Native Americans have depended on this animals for transportation, trade and personal symbol of property. Today, Native Americans continue to revere the horse as means of transportation, hauling, rodeo competitions and in the cattle and sheep industries. With the advent of more sophisticated uses for the horse, it has become even more important now than ever before, to produce and maintain quality horses. The dedication the Native Americans have given the horses for centuries is worth the time, energy and financial investment to continue as an aspect of cultural pride and livelihood. With proper and thorough education and practical application, this objective can be achieved.
Reservation residents are buying better horses today than in the years past. But without full knowledge of how to care for the horse’s health, full utilization cannot be achieved. Whatever breed, whatever use, a horse can’t perform at its best without sound hooves and legs. Improved care techniques bring better horses to the reservation and maintain them longer during their working lives. Horses that would otherwise linger or die, or fail to meet the expectations of the livestock owner, rodeo competitor, or personal horse owner, whom all need healthy horses need not be counted among the casualties of ignorance.
Work or pleasure horses can have a riding lifespan of 20 years. However, without proper shoeing or no shoeing, long toes, low heels and split hooves, the horse is rendered lame and unusable within two years. Also, without proper care, various diseases can afflict an otherwise good working or pleasure riding horse. For a rural reservation resident, the amount of money and time invested in a horse is thus wasted totally when the horse becomes a burden instead of an asset and helper. More money and time is then expanded into replacing horses, having to travel great distances due to rural isolation in many instances, only to repeat the cycle again.
The Native American Horse Education Foundation has designed a program aimed at the reservation horse owner. A full program for youth and adults covering horse anatomy, corrective and pathological shoeing, horse care and maintenance will positively affect individual and tribal investments, both financially and dependability. Also, the horse itself benefits though living an active and healthy life. With proper knowledge about horse care, the owners and other tribal members, the Indian community becomes self-sufficient by no longer having to depend on off-reservation quality horseshoers. Travel and time expenses are eliminated and pride is instilled in providing for one’s own needs. Overall, many benefits can be achieved just through the proper knowledge and application of good horse care, especially of the feet and legs. This is what our courses will emphasize and provide instruction in.
Who are we?
Native American Horse Education Foundation
2230 N. Kimberlee Road
Tucson, Arizona 85749
Fax (520) 760-0886
Furthering the self-sustaining nature of the American Frontier through:
- Promoting pride in horse ownership
- Nurturing self-confidence in Native American youth
- Creating a sustainable income and producing a trade on the reservations
- Enabling owners with one or more horses to shoe their own horses
- Teaching proper hoof care so owners can treat their animals with the utmost sincerity, devotion, love and care
No Hoof – No Horse!
The most vital part of your horse is his feet. There is an epidemic in the United States of lame horses and we believe it is due to an incorrect balancing of the horse’s foot and incorrect shoeing. Our program will give you the essential tools and the training to use those tool properly to ensure you have many great years of a work and enjoyment from your horses.
Since 1973, Mr. George Goode has owned and operated The Tucson School of Horseshoeing, earning the distinction of master farrier and a reputation through the United States as well as abroad as a superior trainer in horse anatomy and physiology; blacksmithing; equine nutrition and the numerous specialized showing techniques involved with the continuing care of horses’ hooves, feet and legs. In his many years of training others, Mr. Goode has had the privilege of working with and training individuals representing numerous Native American tribes throughout Arizona. In addition, having married a member of the Tohono O’odham Nation and rearing his four children on the reservation in Tucson, Mr. Goode has come to know firsthand the vital role of horses in sustaining the livelihood of Native Americans both on and off the reservation. He has also come to understand the extent of preventable health problems and deaths among horses caused by tribal members’ lack of farrier training. For these reasons, the Native American Horse Education Foundation was established as a federally authorized 501 (c)3 non-profit, dedicated to improving the lives of Native Americans and the welfare of their horses.
For more than 40 years, NAHEF has been Mr. Goode’s dream and he always knew that when time allowed, he would create an organization that focused on the needs he encountered first hand through his professional career. In 2006, his vision became reality when Mr. Goode started NAHEF.
Unfortunately, not long after Mr. Goode filed all the necessary paperwork, tragedy struck his family. Since 2006, Mr. Goode has gone through the loss of all three of his sons and the unexpected diagnosis of Alzheimers in his wife of 40 years, for whom he is her primary caregiver. The passion to pursue his dream and the Native American Horse Education Foundation has never been lost and he is finally able to devote the time necessary to make this dream a reality.
It is with great pride, honor, and excitement that Mr. Goode is preparing all the set-up and perusing donations and grants to bring this program to fruition. Mr. Goode and NAHEF thank you deeply for your interest in this program and look forward to bringing many years of equine education to the Native American population throughout the United States.