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Blacksmith Buddy Wes Champagne
PO Box 660266 Arcadia, CA 91066

Blacksmith Buddy - by Wes Champagne

The World’s First Anatomically Correct Farrier Training Device is Here

Farriers • Blacksmiths • Veterinarians • Hoof Care Specialists


A horse at full gallop is one of the most majestic sights on Earth. By nature’s design, horse hooves absorb thousands of pounds of pressure with every footfall. The farrier (also known as a horseshoer, blacksmith or smithy) ensures the health of the horse by protecting its feet. An expertly crafted and fitted horseshoe will dramatically improve the health, happiness, locomotion and performance of a horse while better protecting the rider from spills.


Learning this craft is no easy task. A farrier must practice on hundreds of hoofs to master the technique and build the upper body strength to do the job right. Yet one wrong placement of a nail can lame a horse in an instant. That’s a risk nobody wants to take -- and thankfully, nobody needs to ever again.


BLACKSMITH BUDDY, developed by world-renown farrier, Wes Champagne, is revolutionary in its simplicity.


BLACKSMITH BUDDY perfectly replicates the weight and angle of an adult horse leg.


BLACKSMITH BUDDY creates an authentic shoeing experience -- without subjecting a live horse to the risk of injury -- without subjecting a person to train on a cadaver leg!

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"Blacksmith Buddy is the greatest teaching tool I have seen in 22 years of owning a school!!

I got the new students working on the Blacksmith Buddy and is was an incredible experience for them and for me and my staff. No worries about horses not standing, just pure instruction... Well worth every dime spent."

- Bob Smith, Instructor, Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School

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Thanks so much for your efforts to get us the Blacksmith Buddy Legs for the hands on portion of our Farrier Science Class at Utah State University. The legs/hooves were a great addition to the course and the students loved them. The BB really reduced the stress on a first time shoer trying to shoe a moving live horse and the worry of hurting the horse nipping and/or nailing. It really built the confidence of the students to go to work on live horses.
- Scott McKendrick, ADVS Horseshoeing Instructor, Utah State University

We just finished a Vettec clinic with Larkin Greene and my students. We used the Blacksmith Buddy in the classroom for a variety of applications, missing wall, quarter crack, sole packing etc. AWESOME! ... I think that Wes has developed the most revolutionary teaching tool I have ever worked with in the 39 years I have been in this profession.
- Bob Smith, Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School

Just wanted to let you know we received everything in fine shape. We took it to our Horsin Around (event) and the blacksmiths were absolutely thrilled with it. They worked and demonstrated it for us and really drew a crowd. Thanks so much.
- Patti

Every time I get my hands on the Blacksmith Buddy, I'm impressed all over again....the only thing it doesn't have is hair and an attitude.
- Larkin

We used the Blacksmith Buddy with a new class at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School. What an amazing teaching tool! One on one with each student. Body position, proper use of the hoof knife, nippers and rasp all without worrying about the horse standing quietly for hours. Thanks Wes!!
- Bob Smith, Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School


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