Frequently Asked Questions
We're happy to answer all of your questions regarding our school. For more information about careers in the horse industry, Veteran Education, full & part time classes, give us a call at 706-397-8909.
Do you have to be certified to be a farrier?
You do not need farrier certification or be on any registered list to be a farrier in the U.S.A. Farrier Certification is highly suggested by American owned and operated Farrier and Horseshoeing Schools offering USA Farrier Education
American organized farrier associations can suggest you join a group and acquire certification, but Farrier Certification is NOT mandatory in the U.S.A.
This has been provided by Casey & Son Horseshoeing School and Clinic, Farriers’ National Research Center and School and the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association, Inc.
If you google this question…you will read about European rules without mentioning any names. It is confusing to anyone who googles that question. Be careful what you read.
Contact an American owned and operated farrier school or association for the correct information.
What should I read 1st on your website?
We recommend for you to check out the following, in this order:
"How To Apply"
"Course Dates" (Housing and Meals)
"Tuition & Tools"
And why are we so different from all other farriers schools?
"Science Makes The Difference"
Does your school ever have to cancel course dates due to not having enough students?
-The answer to that is NEVER. We always have enough students and we are always flexible on the start date. Just check out all of our attendance options by clicking HERE.
What can I study before my first day at Casey & Son Horseshoeing School?
-Horse breeds, anatomy of the whole horse and lower limb and hooves, genders, colors, riding disciplines, horse registrations.
What will I be doing my first day of class?
-Working Hands-on with LIVE Horses, learning our safety check and anatomy, evaluating the horse and today’s needs, your stance, using your tools, get under that horse, trimming, shaping a shoe using the anvil and your tools, fitting the shoe to the hoof and nailing it on.
Can I practice my forge skills in the evenings?
-If you are not tired enough at the end of the day and wish to work extra hours in the forge area, you are welcome to do so if we can trust you to be careful.
Do you use cheap tools?
Flat out, NO.
Yes, we use reasonably priced top brand names for beginners. We never have a dissatisfied customer.
Before you jump into being a farrier for other horse owners, you first need to understand the farrier’s role when evaluating and applying your knowledge and skills to the lower limbs and hooves. We designed and copyrighted our “6 Steps to Balancing the Hoof and Horse for Sound Shoeing.” Our DVD “The Grammar School of Trimming and Shoeing Horses” explains it well for a beginner and during horse owner clinics. Once our students learn how to apply these “6 Steps” to every horse while in school, they can better understand and better explain it to their future customers.
Q: Do you charge extra if I do not bring a horse for the 2 Day Trim Class?
A: No, but we would prefer you provide your own, to learn how to Trim Your Own.
Q: I work during the week and only have weekends off. Can I attend your school on Saturday and Sunday?
A: Yes, you may attend any course on the weekends until you complete the designated number of days for that particular course. After you make your initial deposit you may pay by the day.
Q: I can only get 2 weeks off of work now , but can get more time in the summer. Can I split up my time in school?
A: Yes, If you have only time or finances for a two week course now, you may return at a later date and complete another one, two, three or four weeks for a total of six weeks and just pay the difference between the tuition. The same goes for the 6 and 12 weeks course. You will not be starting all over again, just continuing your education.
Q: What is the difference between the 6 and 12 week courses?
A: From a students point of view, at 6 weeks you feel you have a good grasp of of shoeing, after 12 weeks you understand how little you actually knew at 6 weeks.
At 12 weeks, students are much more capable of catering to the "Full service" needs of their clients.
In 12 weeks you have the chance to see how your work held up as you are able to critique the work when the horses you shoe return. Most horses need more than just a simple shoeing. 6 weeks student just get the tip of the iceberg when it comes to dealing with founder, white line disease, abscesses, hoof wall cracks, missing hoof wall and the opportunity to address such problems using some of the latest technologically advanced products. It is easier for a 12 week student to make the transition between shoeing in a sheltered school environment where there are plenty of people to aid you and when you are completely on your own dealing with an unruly horse, a demanding client or troubleshooting an unfamiliar shoeing situation.
Q: I am not a certified farrier but have been shoeing in my area for the public for Several years. I would like to be a certified farrier. Would I have to take the 6 weeks course in order to take a certification test?
A: No not necessarily. Sometimes a 2 week with credit for past experience is sufficient, each individual is different. Sometimes just a forge class or practice session for a day and test the next day. You and the Instructor can decide this depending on your experience. You tell us what your current experience is and what you need to practice on.
Q: There's no way i can do the 12 week course while i'm still on active duty. if i do the 6 week course can i come back for the second half of the 12 week or are they not set up for that?
A: Yes, of course! When you return, you would just pick up where you left off and continue week 7 through 12. You pay the 6 week tuition first and just pay the balance of the courses which is $3,000 when you return.
Still today, the hooves are the most neglected part of the horse’s anatomy. Horse owner responsibility is not taken seriously. Many times, untrained persons who attempt to trim and shoe will give the profession a bad name.
We like to quote that “The Farrier is the most important professional in the equine industry. We are the caretakers of the lower limbs and hooves.” It is our responsibility to perform an excellent job and pass our knowledge on to owners who desperately need our help.
Advice to consider before school
Check out the horse breeds in your own area where you will be obtaining clients. Visit boarding barns, horse events, rodeos, horse shows, etc. if you can. Horses in pastures are hard to learn about but your local feed stores might have flyers and business cards of horse operations. Talk to the horse owners. Check out the local farrier’s fees. Who advertises, or not. Watch a farrier at work if you can. Watch the physical aspect of being “under a horse.” Watch his shoe shaping whether cold on the anvil or did he have a forge to heat the shoe up and make a corrective shoe. Observe his shoeing rig if clean and stocked. Most of all a farriers’ attitude when owners are around, his explanations of what he is doing, or not. How much time did he or she spend on each horse. The breed of the horse and whether it was easy to handle or dangerous.
We offer 2, 6, and 12 week courses and an ADVANCED 6 week course.
The 2 week course is an introductory or "learn to shoe your own" course.
If you want to continue on and pay for 4 more weeks that would total 6 weeks. If you want to coninue on again, you can take an additional 6 weeks for a total of 12 weeks.
We offer the 6 week advanced course ONLY after a student has successfully completed the 6 or 12 week course, has gone home to shoe for 3 - 6 months and is ready to take continuing education. It is a very hard and specialized shoeing 6 week course.
As we advertise, you may take these courses full time which means, 5 days a week, in consecutive weeks. If you have to break up your payments to afford it, or if you are working, or if for whatever reason you cannot attend full time...you may take one or more days per week spread over a longer period of time. You must still achive the 10, 30, or 60 day requirement for completing the course.