Monique Craig has a degree in Computer Science Engineering with a minor in Mathematics and Physics. She was aiming at a PhD in Computational Linguistics at Stanford when she purchased her Holsteiner Stallion, Smirnoff. His Chronic hoof problems made her take a very different direction in her career.  Monique is a hoof researcher, farrier, and rider.  She teaches and gives seminars on the hoof, trimming, shoeing and equine biomechanics.  She is the founder of EponaTech ( and EponaShoe ( and the Epona-Institute (  She has published scientific papers related to the hoof and soundness, and recently published a book: "A Modern Look at... The Hoof" (





John Craig holds a Phd in engineering from Stanford University and is well-known in the robotics community. He is the author of the leading Robotics Textbook used at the university level for teaching the mathematics and mechanical engineering aspects of industrial robots. Robotics is all about joints and motion, and this is directly applicable to equine conformation and motion.