Black Horse Forge (BHF) instructs veterans, active duty military, first responders, and their supporters in the art and craft of blacksmithing with the goal of providing a sense of accomplishment, mental and physical well-being, and the knowledge and experience to continue the craft in their own communities.
Black Horse Forge was created in 2018 by two retired Desert Storm veterans at Spearhead Stables in Stafford, Virginia. Dave Seitz retired as a lieutenant colonel and served in the Third Brigade, Third Armored Division. He owns the farm and provides the building and property where blacksmithing and other skills are taught. Steve Hotz retired as a sergeant and served in the 325th Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division. He provides much of the blacksmithing equipment and is passing down his knowledge of the craft.
The farm is home to another retired Army veteran, a black Percheron horse, Gordy. In his younger days, Gordy served with the 3rd Infantry Division at Arlington National Cemetery where he was part of a team (or hitch) that pulled caissons during funeral processions. Gordy grew bigger and stronger than the other horses, making him stand out among his peers. This compromised the height uniformity in the ranks and the team was retired. That’s when Dave adopted him.
Gordy is the mascot of the forge, but the farm is also home to two Clydesdales. Black Horse Forge participants may volunteer to help when these magnificent animals are used in military ceremonies. And we can’t forget Timmy and George, two miniature donkeys who keep the big horses company—mascots for the mascot.