About the Shoeing Lab
We are highly trained professionals that can offer help and support to you as a farrier. We are aiding in the development of new shoes and how they can help with equine performance, correcting and addressing lameness, help improve horses function and natural ability . We offer a wide range of new products and shoe's with benefit to the equine.
We are based in Grimley Worcestershire with a very modern and up to date shop, here you can view and see all of our products. You can look and feel the products before you buy them. We have a friendly and knowledgeable group of staff based at the shop, who will always help and have time to talk about the products if you would like to know more.
Meet the team
Kelvin has been a farrier for nearly 40 years. He joined as Endurance Equestrian Team GBR Farrier in 1992 and has supported the Team at multiple World Equestrian Games , European Championships, World Endurance Championships and World Cups, plus he was one of only 3 official farriers at the Beijing Olympic Games in 2008. The GBR Teams that he has supported have won Bronze, Silver and Gold medals. His company Sandpitt Forge, is a thriving business and his clients not only include Endurance horses but horses in all disciplines including dressage, eventing, show jumping and driving. He has trained over twenty apprentices and is involved with treating lame horses at a number of veterinary practices, which has led him into designing sports horseshoes, trying new and different products and different theories which are now been used in a number of scientific trials.
Dr Mark N Caldwell PhD; FWCF
Mark was inducted into the International Farriery Hall of Fame in 2015. A highly skilled, motivated farriery educator with over 30 years experience therapeutic and remedial farriery with a proven ability to enhance soundness and performance in high level competition horses.
Recently retiring from full time teaching at the Myerscough School of Farriery Science, Mark has acquired an excellent track record of achieving learner success at both basic and advanced farriery qualifications and was responsible for developing the worlds only academically recognized degree honours program in farriery. He is well known for innovative solutions for foot related lameness's and high standards of workmanship and training and is a frequent speaker and clinician at farriery and veterinary conferences around the globe.
Currently consulting and providing educational programs and product design for Werkman Horseshoes of Holland and The Shoeing Lab from the UK Mark is in the final stage of a post graduate PhD at the University of Liverpool. Mark Caldwell has an international reputation and is recognized for both his practical and oratory ability, he is renowned for innovative solutions for foot related lameness's and high standards of workmanship and training.
Mark N Caldwell operates from two bases, Rode Heath in Cheshire and from The Shoeing Lab in Grimley Worcestershire.
Mark has been shoeing since 1977 having started his career in the Household Cavalry. Quickly realizing his passion for horses feet Mark continuously strived to improve his knowledge and skills by taking higher examinations and competing at both national and international level. By 1987 Mark had gained the Worshipful Company of Farriers Fellowship award with his ground breaking research dissertation on Pre-Navicular Syndrome. During the same year Mark was honoured to represent the English National Farriery Team for the first time, later going on to manage the team from 2000 to 2003.
Mark has studied a broad spectrum of shoeing and barefoot trimming styles, composite material applications, and other alternative support options with a number of internationally recognised experts in the field including the late Burney Chapman, Dr Robert Eustace, Professor Chris Pollitt, Alan Calvert AFCL and Anne Claxton AWCF amongst others. He regularly attends major international veterinary and farriery related conferences and other seminars annually.
Has been working for The Shoeing Lab since opening, aids in day to day running of the shop and usually the man on the end of the phone when you ring up to make an order. Always has time for a chat if you do. A third year apprentice with a keen eye for detail and a passion for shoeing horses.
Harvey qualified in 2014 and is now studying for his AWCF this year, Harvey enjoys the remedial side of shoeing and is gaining a huge knowledge base working along side his farther Kelvin Lymer and Mark Caldwell. As well as studying Harvey also helps out around the shop and aids apprentices in the forge. Harvey was obviously introduced to Endurance at a young age but is an accomplished farrier in his own right. In 2013 he won the European Championship for apprentice farriers held in Denmark. He has been working with the EGB International Squad for some years, including travelling to France with the Development Squad in 2014.
Cathryn has worked for Sandpitt forge for 15 years, Cathryn completed her apprenticeship with Kelvin and never left. She is a great asset to our team and is always here to lend a helping hand. Cathryn also has a love of showing horses and has done extremely well in the show ring.
Will joined the team in 2016, before starting with us he was a point to point jockey and always has time for a chat about the latest racing news. Since starting his apprenticeship Will has gained knowledge for the industry and has learnt a vast amount. Will loves to compete in shoe making competitions and I'm sure you will see him out and about this year.
Alex joined the team in 2015, She is getting ready to sit her DIP in November. Alex loves to be out and about meeting people. Alex often enjoys make and fit to horses that regularly come to the forge, she will also be competing at this years Game Fair Shoeing Lab Championships