Best foot forward: Tucson farrier educates Native American communities on horseshoeing

George Goode explains the significance of farrier education through his nonprofit organization, the Native American Horse Education Foundation, which provides courses to Native American communities in Sells.

TUCSON—At 83 years old, George Goode describes every day as a "blessing" as he makes the two-hour commute to Sells to teach local Native Americans farrier education.

It was 1972 when Goode started his horseshoeing school in Tucson. Over a half-century later, he retired and founded the nonprofit Native American Horse Education Foundation in hopes of bringing a new mindset to Indigenous communities.

"Out of all the years and all the reservations in the United States, there are no programs out there teaching our youth, our people that have horses, how to trim and shoe their horses' feet correctly...