About Pete

Pete Healey learned how to shoe horses as a cowboy in 1979. In 1988 he started a shoeing business and in 2002 he began a working relationship with Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, CA.

Pete continually studies and does research projects. These have led to three patented measuring systems which include a mapping system for the coffin bone and an evaluation system for the hoof-pastern axis.

Pete is a graduate of Dr. Reddens’ Advanced Equine Podiatry course and holds an APF 1 certificate with the American Association of Professional Farriers. He has been a contributing author for the American Farriers Journal and was a contributing author between 2013 and 2016 for ‘The Cowboy Way’ and ‘Ranch and Reata’ magazines with an article called ‘Your Horse’s Feet’. Pete has presented several clinics and has lectured at North Carolina State University, Auburn University and the International Hoof Care Summit.

In 2017, Dr. David Jensen of San Marcos Equine in Los Alamos, CA and Pete founded the Equine Podiatry Education Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting research and education of the equine foot. In 2022, Pete coauthored a paper for the American Association of Equine Practitioners with Dr. Mariah Kerr titled ‘How to Evaluate and Balance the Distal Limb Using Specific Anatomical and Radiographic Parameters’.

Pete lives in Santa Ynez, CA with his wife Karen and son Charlie, where he is the manager of Healey Enterprises LLC, which includes the shoeing business, a stocker cattle and grass finished beef operation and Balanced Break-over Management which sells his measuring systems. Pete is the author of ‘The Island, Reminiscences of twentieth century ranching on Santa Rosa Island’. His recent book is ‘Evaluating Radiographs for Equine Foot management’.