Daria Izad: Farrier / Hoof Care Professional based in Tucson, Arizona.
Member of Equine Lameness Prevention Organization and American Association of Professional Farriers
I grew up in Long Island, New York and spent my youth immersed in the wonderful world of horses. For over two decades, I have been riding horses of all ages, backgrounds and disciplines in various trail and arena settings. My skills are well-rounded and draw from Natural Horsemanship principles, valuing the importance of groundwork. I have worked with Therapeutic Riding centers in New York, California and New Mexico. Mustangs hold a special place in my heart, and have lead me to South Dakota amongst other states to observe and engage with pure Spanish and BLM Mustangs.
Horses remained a large part of my life while pursuing my graduate studies in the arts at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It was clear that my happiest moments were around horses, which reinforced my lifelong desire to have a career dedicated to helping them and the equine community as a whole.
I graduated from Mission Farrier School in Washington state, where students applied relevant hoof science, learned meaningful horsemanship and practiced traditional craftsmanship. We were taught extensive anatomy, how to observe foot falls, identify distortion, evaluate and treat various lameness pathology, forge shoes and most of all to think outside the box in order to help the horse to the absolute best of our abilities.
I hold the utmost care for the well being of horses and am grateful to be in a profession where I can help them achieve soundness through healthy foot function. My creative background provides me with a unique lens into observing horses' hoof care needs. I am passionate about continuing education and make a point to attend farrier, horsemanship and veterinary seminars as often as possible.