Ada Gates Patton


Ada Gates Patton

Certified Journeyman Farrier

Ensure a Healthy, Functional Hoof

Ada Gates seeks to de-mystify the trimming and shoeing process by measuring to achieve a flat and balanced hoof. She assures you it is not her opinion that matters. Instead, only the horse can tell whether everything is right or not. She will show you how the work is done and how the horse speaks to us.

Farrier Career

As your consultant, Ada will be with you, your farrier, in person or online, demonstrating how to measure a hoof for perfect balance. How do we do this? You will have the Patton Ruler and place your phone on video to show me the farrier as he works on the hoof in real-time. I can tell him where to place the ruler, mark the hoof, and how to trim to the marks. The eye will lie; numbers don’t. After the correct trim for your horse, he will drop his head, lick and chew, ears forward, eyes soft, and walk away with a relaxed and flowing body & stride. This is his language, his opinion, and it tells you if it is right or not. It is the only opinion that matters.

Awards and Recognitions

In 2008, Ada received the Edward Martin Humanitarian Award at the American Farrier’s Association Convention in Lexington, KY. She is also a proud member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame and a farrier consultant for the Monty Roberts Equus Online University, one of the best horse training resources.

Initial consultation is free.

Actual work with the horse: $50 per horse and $38 for the ruler kit.

Available for Clinics or Group Instruction.

Southern California: Available in person (70 mile radius) and globally via FaceTime and WhatsApp

Your Trusted Hoof Care Provider

In 1978, Ada became the first woman farrier licensed to shoe Thoroughbred racehorses in the United States and Canada. Her unique status gave her great opportunities, including guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman, What‘s My Line, To Tell The Truth, and The Today Show. Her dedication to the industry has led to many years of selfless service, including farrier liaison for the 1984 Olympic Games, official horseshoe inspector for the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade, President of the California Thoroughbred Foundation Board of Directors, and member of the farrier committee for the World Equestrian Games. In 2008, Ada received the Edward Martin Humanitarian Award at the American Farrier’s Association Convention in Lexington, Kentucky, and is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame. Ada is the farrier consultant for the Online University of horse trainer Monty Roberts.

High-Quality Horseshoeing Products for Your Horse

Patton Hoof Ruler

There are many recommendations in magazines and from vets, farriers, clinicians, and trainers on the best product for the horse’s hoof. To settle the differences in opinions, Ada proposes a safe, measurable, efficient, and consistent way to look at the hoof and establish a process of assessing your horse’s needs. The Patton Hoof Ruler is an effective tool for measuring your horse’s foot and ensuring that its hoof is consistently trimmed and balanced correctly.

Trust Ada for all your horseshoeing guidance needs. She can work with you locally in person and globally through FaceTime or WhatsApp to help you achieve a perfectly trimmed and balanced hoof.

The Patton Hoof Ruler and instructions are available at the Monty Roberts Shop at (805) 688-6288 and at Harry Patton Horseshoeing Supplies at (626) 359-8018.

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Other Essential Products

Many horses have nutritional needs beyond the scope of a farrier’s hands-on care. We highly recommend the dietary products by Life Data Labs, Inc. in Cherokee, AL. The far-ranging product line covers the hoof and many other issues of the body affecting the hoof and the horse’s overall well-being. These include scientifically based formulas such as Lamina, Adrenal, Insulin, Joint, Hoof, Forage Balancers, and Topical, to name only a few. Ada’s favorite is Farrier’s Formula Double Strength Plus Joint. Please check out Life Data Labs, Inc. for more information.

Client Testimonial

We truly respect your incredible experience and the extensive knowledge in just 2 sessions with you. After our trim today on Buddy, he just strode out, put his head down and sniffed all the way to ground as he walked rather fast, which tells me he is sure footed, comfortable and is not limping at all or he would have his head up to counter balance.

I let him go ahead to the end of his lead, he politely walked ears forward, ready to head to the far pasture. He was so forward positive in his movement and soo happy and didn’t want to come home or turn around (opposite of barn sour).

Normally by now he would be sore and you could tell on a turn at the very least. He walked straight on the way back, pivoting with NO LIMPING. Every time he stops, he stands with his front feet under him squarely at the same line!

This brings tears to my eyes.”

Brad and Margie Subers, Owners of Buddy in Palmer, AK 

Initial consultation is free.

Actual work with the horse: $50 per horse and $35 for the ruler kit.

Monty Roberts Dually Halter: $62 "Optional"