Monique Craig is the founder of the Epona-Institute, she 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 has spent many years researching, trimming, and shoeing the hoof. She has authored many articles about the hoof for equine and farrier magazines, both in the USA and Europe. She has been a speaker at the International Hoof Care Summit in the USA and at the Luwex Symposium in Germany. For the last six years, Monique has been a visiting scholar at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, teaching Introduction to Biomechanics to pre-veterinarian students.