Jesse Huff, from the Wolf Den
This blog is about a very exceptional young man that defines the rule of not judging a book by its cover. We call him Wolf Man for obvious reasons, and he wears that name with a knowing smile.
Jesse came to the Farrier Blacksmith Course before starting the Practical Farrier Course, and he has taken that experience to maximize his time in the 8 weeks that he has to spend here. He even made a hammer in the blacksmith course, which is pretty high-level project for someone with only a couple weeks experience. Watching his progress in the Farrier Blacksmith Course, I was struck with the fact that Jesse has mastered the art of learning, but it wasn’t until I got to know him better that I found out just how good he was at learning.
I had to pry his actual past out of him, so you will have the advantage of reading this blog. He is so modest that you would never guess what is below the surface. So, here it is. Wolf Man is a 27-year-old from Iva, South Carolina. He is one of five kids, and has always had a strong interest in agriculture. In high school he was an FFA officer all four years, and he became an Eagle Scout at the age of 15. During high school he obtained a horse and started to do some trail riding, bull riding and working on cattle ranches.
In 2008, Wolf Man started at Charleston Southern University. He also started travelling that year with a trip to Uganda. His college degree was Christian Studies, so most of his travel has been mission related. He has been in Brazil for 3 weeks, 4 months in Costa Rica, 2 months in Australia, and a semester in Chile. All that while still in college and actually graduating a semester early. After college, he went to Cambodia to take a course for teaching English abroad, and ended up in China for over a year teaching English and doing missionary work. 3 ½ years ago Wolf Man moved back to South Carolina and started working on a cattle ranch and as a carpenter’s apprentice. He also made a trip to Romania in late 2014.
Jesse has a younger brother named Lucas that has been a farrier for 7 years. He started riding with him a bit and decided that farriery was for him. That is also how he found Heartland Horseshoeing School. Like so many of our students, people in the industry send them here. Most people don’t end up in the Heartland by chance. They end up here because they are driven to be the best that they can be and are willing to put in the work to get there. Just like Wolf Man.
“The driving force behind everything in my life is my faith in Jesus Christ. I’m a firm believer that everything in life is under His control.” Wolf Man stated in his interview. “I try to look at every aspect of life as an opportunity to be a missionary, whether it is serving in orphanages in third world countries, or shoeing horses in upstate SC.” That kind of view is going to continue to propel Wolf Man to the top of the industry if he decides that is where he wants to be.
I firmly believe that no one will be able to stop this young man. His goal is to someday own a farm overseas and use it to help others. He is excited to see what the Lord has in store for him, as am I. We are very proud to be a part of this young man’s career.