Simon John Curtis

Simon John Curtis (born 15 May 1956) is a farrier, author, lecturer and horse hoof-care expert with a PhD in Equine Physiology and Biomechanics (2017).[1] He is a 4th generation farrier; his family have been farriers and blacksmiths in the Newmarket area for at least 150 years. In over 45 years working as a farrier, he has lectured and demonstrated in more than 30 countries including the USA, Australia, India, Russia, and Brazil.

Dr Simon Curtis demonstrating farriery techniques

Curtis is internationally renowned in the hoof-care world for his remedial farriery textbooks and lectures. Among other roles, is a Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, was made a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame in 2005,[2] and is the only farrier to have been awarded an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.


Curtis has authored several text books on farriery and has been published in numerous journals, including the Equine Veterinary Journal, Veterinary Clinics of North America, UK Vet, The Forge, and American Farriers Journal, among others.


  • The Farrier, 2020 (ISBN 978-1999324711)
  • The Hoof of the Horse, 2018 (ISBN 978-1999324704)
  • Corrective Farriery: A Textbook of Remedial Horseshoeing Vol II, 2006 (ISBN 978-1899772131)
  • Corrective Farriery: A Textbook of Remedial Horseshoeing Vol I, 2002 (ISBN 978-1899772100)
  • Farriery - Foal to Racehorse, 1999 (ISBN 978-1899772049)


Simon Curtis horseshoeing in Newmarket, for Country Life Magazine


Curtis began recording his podcast The Hoof of the Horse in 2018, and since its start has featured farriers and horse hoof-care experts from around the world. As of June 2020, there are 36 episodes released all featuring hoof-care professionals from the UK, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, USA, Argentina, Sweden, and more.[3]"


Curtis has numerous roles in the equine world, including but not limited to: examining farriers for new qualifications, contributing expert witness testimony, lecturing at various institutions, and advising on a charity board.


Curtis' work has been featured in media for various accolades and work within the farriery industry. Features, articles and interviews include:


Curtis was awarded the Sir Colin Spedding Award in 2018, presented by HRH Princess Anne to an exceptional hero of the equestrian world. Other honours include his entry to the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum (2005) and an Honorary Associateship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (2002). In 2017, Curtis was also made a Fellow of Myerscough College, where he completed his degree and PhD studies.