There’s a terrific 18,000 square-foot horse-shoeing and blacksmith supply shop hidden along Dunlap Boulevard in Yucaipa that has been in business since 1973, — that many locals don’t know about.
The Shoein’ Shop is owned by Lee Green.
“What we do is sell all kinds of horse-shoeing, blacksmith supplies, tools and equipment,” said a friendly Green. “A lot of people think it’s very simple, but it’s not. It is very intricate and complicated.”
The Shoein’ Shop is a world-wide operation, delivering eq uine supplies to Germany and throughout the United States.
“I grew up shoeing horses,” said Green. “I built the first little shop here in 1973. It was only 700 square feet and was designed for shoeing horses.”
During that time, Green raised a family and son Portor grew up shoeing horses at the family business. Portor is not an employee of Shoein’ Shop but frequents the shop for his business needs of a renown farrier.
A farrier is a horse hoof care specialist, who trims and balances the horses’ hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. They combine some blacksmith’s skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian’s skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses’ feet.
The Shoein’ Shop is a farrier’s best friend. It has a multitude of tools and shoes for the business.
Once a year, the Shoein’ Shop hosts a clinic.
“We get together (about 400 farriers) and have an absolute ball,” said Green. “It’s in the back building, set up like an auditorium. People fly in from the east coast.”
The one day clinic has the top-rated clinicians in the country. Farriers and horse lovers share their knowledge as well as learn from the best.
Green has traveled globally, sharing his expertise and continues to do so.
“There’s no finer people in the world than dealing with farriers,” said Green. “We talk the same language. It’s a tremendous privilege.”
In the huge shop, one could find a variety of forges, both the heating iron variety and propane forges. Top quality grinders, tool boxes, forms and anvils are also available. There is an assortment of hand tools and horse shoe/nails of all sizes and types as well as a race horse gear section.
“I carry over 3,5000 different types/styles of horse shoes here,” said Green. “We also offer hoof repair material. We can completely redo the outer part of the horses feet. We have a few medications and hoof conditioners too.”
Employee Robert Salsbury has been at the shop, packing orders in the warehouse for over 17 years and Karen Munton is the stock shelf specialist.
Green’s two daughters, Leslie Hernandez and Audrey Salsbury, run the place, however, Green is still at the shop 13 hours a day and sometimes more.
“I feel absolutely blessed to be in a business, even though it’s highly specialized, and make it work.”
The Shoein’ Shop is at 31740 Dunlap Blvd. in Yucaipa. The phone number is 794-3455.