Dan Martzall

DSC_5281Dan Martzall attended the University of South Florida and Millersville University, graduating with a degree in Environmental Geography.  While he was at school in Florida, he managed a Community Supported Agricultural program (CSA) and on that property there were some Hafflingers, and that gave him his first exposure to horses.

Dan, originally from Akrin, Pa., moved back to complete his degree in Environmental Geography, and upon graduation worked for a state farm program outside of Lancaster, Pa.

At the Landis Valley Museum, Dan was exposed to many historic craftsman who worked on site at the blacksmith and woodworking shops.  Due to the proximity to the Amish culture, Dan was exposed to craftspeople of all trades, and he soon joined the Pennsylvania Conservation Corp, who sponsored his education to become a farrier.  Dan then attended the Kentucky Horse Shoeing School before coming to Chester County Farrier Associates in 2003 as an apprentice.

Dan works with clients from every discipline and specializes in corrective shoeing.  His attraction to becoming a farrier came from his love for the outdoors and his desire to work with his hands in a craft that is involved with animals.  When he is not working, Dan is spending time out in the woods, hiking, fishing or camping.

He and his wife Denise live in Christianna, Pa. and have one young daughter Adeline.

Email Dan wiard104@gmail.com / 610-637-1210



Victoria Shilton

Dan Martzall has done my horse’s feet for 7 of the 8 years I have owned him.  He is meticulous about his work and is happy to answer any questions I have.  My horse has navicular changes in his right foot and Dan’s work is a large part of the reason he has been sound.  He is always willing to speak with my vets about Clark’s shoeing and recently travelling to my vet’s clinic to review x-rays.  Every time my equine chiropractor (also a vet) sees Clark, she raves about how great his feet look and tells me I should never change farriers.  We are lucky to have Dan as our farrier.

Dorothy Simpson

Dan is a true master in the art of horseshoeing.  After an x-ray performed for lameness revealed that the coffin bone and hoof wall of my 8yo thoroughbred were severely out of alignment, likely due to previous improper shoeing resulting in a “mechanical founder,” Dan was contacted at the recommendation of my veterinarian.  Dan promptly came out, thoughtfully evaluated my horse’s hooves, and with expertise, correctively shod my horse.  The result was not only a marked improvement in the general appearance of his hooves, but a completely sound horse the very next day, with the added benefit of a horse whose stride was more open and free.  Thank you, Dan!

AJ Garrity- Four Seasons Farm, Pittstown, NJ

Since Dan has been our farrier, the quality in our horses feet has drastically improved. We have little to no need to use hoof supplements and we rarely have a lost shoe. The horses are very sound. Dan’s attention to detail and his care of each individual horse is truly evident in their “happy feet”!