Joseph and Laura Vita
$25 Trims 
$50 Teeth Float
$65 Fronts  $110 All Four
$15 Farm Call Applies 

"a horseman's horseman"
You can contact them at or (864)553-4165   also visit 

About the Vita Duo

Joseph Vita is a  third gerneration horseman.  While one grandfather was the horse trainer for Fire Departments in Iowa, his other grandfather and  his family built a large 70 horse hunter/jumper, polo facility that is still running today.  Jospeh's  riding and training progressed rapidly at his family farm including Jumping, Fox hunting, Polo, and into in-depth everyday horse care, dentistry, and shoeing. As a whipper-in for the Connecticut Valley Hounds Hunt Club he extended his services as a farrier. He soon  headed out into the world to learn more from other horse professionals throughout the country. In Boston Joseph trained Thoroughbreds and Warm Bloods in disciplines of Stadium Jumping, Polo, and Three-Day Eventing. He trained on The Clarks Estate, at that time the new home of the Olympic Three Day Eventing team. Here he trained and sold a horse to the designer of that course (Mr. Neil Ayer the president of the U.S. Combined Training Association). While in Boston,MA he also studied 5-time Olympic Dressage gold medalist Miss Springer on her retired horse Memoir. Here Jospeh also started the Myopia’s Ladies Polo Club,  Centennial Farm’s mentally and physically challenged riders program, and saddle broke horses for the racetrack. He became licensed by the State of Massachusetts as an Andvanced Riding Instructor simply by their offering the license to him due to his extensive knowledge, skills, and professionalism. He was one of the first licensed instructors in the state of Massachusettes.

From Boston Joseph headed to Vermont where he continued in training horses for previous said disciplines. He trained horses here for clients such as the Tishmen’s (previous owners of the Empire State Building).

From Vermont Joseph headed west and stopped in Kentucky. Here he was manager of 1500 brood mares at Lasma Arabians Breeding Farm. He handled and trained the mares and babies they were having. He worked side by side with Veterinarians learning about artificial breeding and genetic technology. He also was a three day trainer for  Southington Farm, a major breeding farm for Trekainer horses. While in Kentucky he trained and sold horses to individuals such as Kenny Rogers, and Luciano Pavarotti.

Next stop: Ohio (thus our romance begins). Here Joseph leased a 200-acre farm where he raised and trained all his own stock. He trained, sold, and shod horses for the Cincinnati Polo Club, Columbus Polo Club, and local riding schools. He became the manager of the County Park District horse stable, where he took a dilapidated old livery stable and made it a profitable riding center. After a few years he developed the facility to levels of: a 35 horses, 400 students/ week, and 15-25 employees. At the riding center he offered Western, English, Polo, Jumping, and Cross Country. He started a mentally and physically challenged riders program that quickly became the tri-states largest. He did horse shoeing for the Cincinnati Mounted Patrol, and Park Rangers, as well as “crowd control” training for them.
But Joseph’s life was boring until he met his wife Laura, now he can say he has accomplished something meaningful  :).

Although Joseph is retired he volunteers his experience and ability to the future generation of the family. He gives glory to God and says he’d have made it nowhere with out the love of Christ!

Laura Vita originally came from Cincinnati, Ohio . She always knew she wanted to be around horses but living in the city she knew that would be a stretch to achieve this. Yet at the age of 9 her parents started her down that path. Her riding began at the Hamilton County Park District. Taking one day a week lessons turned into 2 days a week. Simple lessons turned into the Jumper teams that included studies in the hunter and jumper arenas with some dressage. As she was doing all this she also began working and teaching at the Stable. Her work consisted of teaching beginner jumping students and mentally and physically handicapped adults and children (you’ll have to ask her about the blind adult barrel racing classes that Joseph started up). At the same time she was learning Cross Country Jumping, which grew to be her love in the horse world. Laura also had begun her one on one training to be an instructor, trainer, and shoer with her now husband Joseph Vita. During her riding time at the Park, Joseph became manager of the facility and had begun looking for an assistant manager, as well as someone to teach all he had learned in the horses to. Along with others, Laura tried out and she received the job. And as you all know they didn’t stop at the horses but decided to continue thru life together.

During their training time (which her husband never lets her be done being his apprentice:) ) Joseph taught Laura(who is also a licensed instructor by the State of Massachusetts) about training horses to be quiet for anyone to ride them, handling problem horses such as buckers; saddle breaking horses, and carriage driving. He also taught her of round penning (this is the lessons on communicating with horses thru body language).  Joseph also began training Laura to be a farrier.

Once Joseph and Laura got married the training didn’t stop. They perfected their teamwork, and developed their system of team round penning, and team shoeing.   

Laura also acknowledges that thru Christ all things are possible, and thanks Him everyday for the abilities He has given her, and is happy to share them with you all.

Decades Farrier They have furthered there shoeing career by following Farrier/Vet Clinics that have recently  begun to be offered to professionals looking to swap ideas and keep up on all new technologies. They offer this information  under VitaHorse Hoof Care. Tune in to all the latest the professionals are talking about.

They have now come upstate South Carolina, to bring all this knowledge and expertise to the local horse community.  They have set up an indoor facility to shoe/trim any horse that need specialized corrective care. They travel in a 60 mile radius from their home site bringing the lowest trimming prices in the area to you and your horse.  You can rest knowing your horse is not only in the hands of knowledgeable horseshoers, but also  of  a knowledgeable horseman and horsewoman.

They are continuing their 13 years and still running program: Angel on Horseback, which offers lessons and training to all ages and disciplines. You can visit their website at

 There are programs and clinics that Joseph and Laura offer to inner-city programs, boy/girl-scouts, 4-H, and schools; to teach them of God's creation they know and love: the horse.

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