About the Owner
Head Instructor Link Casey leads a small staff of instructors consisting of certified professional farriers, each with years of knowledge and real world experience. Our school also has frequent guest lecturers, along with a Farrier Science Center, providing our students with a well rounded education and exposure to up to date farrier products and techniques.
A Word From Link Casey
Dear Potential Student,
I am adding this personal letter to answer questions you might hesitate to ask. My first recommendation to anyone wanting to learn this profession would be to choose a good school, whether mine or any other. A good school teaches the most modern techniques, using the most up to date equipment, that goes along with basic shoeing and balancing of the horse. We have proven that improper and imbalanced shoeing is dangerous to the life of the horse and the rider! The 6 Steps to Balancing the Hoof and the Horse for Sound Shoeing, which is included in the DVD "The Grammar School of Trimming and Shoeing Horses", is a program we designed that makes shoeing easier and faster to understand for students, farriers, and horse owners.
Whether you have been around horses all of you life, or this will be your first experience in handling horses, you will enjoy learning about horsemanship and training along with one of the most important parts of the horse, the lower limb and hoof. Whether you want to learn to shoe your own horses or begin a new career, you will receive valuable information and learn a great deal about the horse.
We can give more personal attention in a small class and our students seem to appreciate the attention. Students who graduate from my school are prepared to make a living in the farrier industry.
I also spend a great deal of time in lecturing about setting up your business. Most people do not know what is needed to run their new business. This is a high priority in my teaching and helping you start your new career as a professional farrier. I understand that many students are interested in shoeing horses so they can be near horses and the outdoors, but they can't neglect the business end.
We keep up with the latest technology and new products on the market to make you work easier and faster. This profession is no different than any other; it is constantly changing and improving. We want you to receive the best possible education.
Owner and Instructor, Link Casey
Link has grown up in the horseshoeing world. He was only 2 years old when the school opened it's doors in 1989. He traveled across the U.S. with his parents who were actively involved in the farrier association, hosting clinics and conventions. He has grown up around Master Farriers from all over the U.S. and other countries.
Starting at age 13, he spent his summers assisting and gaining his farrier certification. Beginning with the Apprentice level in 1999 he moved on to Journeyman I and II and onto Master Farrier in 2010. He can relate to all ages of farrier students from 18-65 with his experience of meeting all ages throughout his life.
Link physically helped build the school and the Farriers' National Research Center which was the first permanent facility to offer continuing education for farriers with more advanced training. Link was inducted into the BWFA Farriers Hall of Fame in 2008 for his efforts and Horseshoer of the Year in 2010. In 2008, Link took on the position of co-owner and Head Instructor.
Pictured above: Link Casey at age 8, shoeing a pony.
Pictured below: Link with his father, Mr. Casey, in the first school building in 1993.