A Gloucester native now travels throughout the state shoeing horses.
Zach Harris started Higher Ground Shoeing Service in 2009. He runs the business full-time and works alone. Based in Chatham, near Danville, he goes where the horses are to offer his services.
As a farrier, Harris said he makes all types of horseshoes. Many are made of aluminum, he said, and some are custom-made.
A horse’s foot must be flat before a shoe is nailed on, Harris said, and the farrier checks the whole foot to make sure there are no health problems or signs of lameness.