If you Google "Doug Serjeant," you will find there is a great deal to be said about him, most of it not so great. I know, I did it and that's exactly what I found. I showed him my findings and his reaction was defintiely not what I expected. As his partner, I was angry and hurt people would say negative things about him. People who had never met him or experienced what he can do. I was ready to go crazy and verbally annihilate these people. His reaction? "Oh well. What did you expect? When you go out there and solve problems, people are going to attack you; especially if you don't do it the way the industry says to do it." Yep. That pretty much sums up Doug. He goes against the grain and it irritates most of the professionals. Why? He gets results. He solves problems. He breaks down a horse's issue and gets to the bottom of it.
No one purchased their first, second or 27th horse thinking, "Man, I sure hope I have all sorts of issues and get to spend thousands of dollars trying to figure out what's wrong." Doug knows horses are here for our pleasure. Pleasure, not grief. Pleasure, not financial ruin. He's been in this industry for over 35 years.
He's a farrier, horse trainer and been a fierce competitor. He's placed in the top 3 and the top 10 at the APHA World Shows. He's shown all over the country. He's coached children and taken them to the Youth Worlds. He's bought $500 horses and sold them for thousands. All this is just fluff to him. He is not a "here's my title" guy. He doesn't want accolades or the spotlight (which is exactly why I am writing this and not him).
If you ask him to describe himself he will tell you, he's a man of faith and he has love for our Father, people and animals - in that order. He is passionate about what he does. In the 9 years of working with him, the one thing I have learned - he's never wrong. Never. Typically people call him when they are at their limit both emotionally and financially. We've had clients that were ready to put their horse down, but thought they would try "one last thing." When he gets to them they are completely distraught, can't stand still and just about over the edge because their horse is sick. When he leaves they are calm, confident that they know what the next step is, and full of hope that their horse will make a full recovery. It's pretty amazing.