Farrier Training Expectations From Our School
Farrier Training Expectations from our School
Please note that when you read over this, we are assuming that you are NOT familiar with farrier work. If you have some experience already, that will be to your advantage. We find that everyone DOES NOT learn on the same level. Some are better with their hands; others are book smart and studiers. Whether you are choosing to learn for your own horses, as a barn manager, or to provide a career for you and your family, you will gain more knowledge about the important role of a farrier. This knowledge is widely overlooked and ignored by most horse owners. The fact that you WANT to learn, will be in your favor when purchasing, breeding, and riding, eventing and overall ownership. You will know during your first week if you are unable to physically perform (or do not enjoy) the farrier related duties. If you choose not to continue, you will have at least learned more than most owners. We can guarantee that.
The horses provided for your training are brought to us by the public, people like you. Every day you will work with a variety of breeds mostly Quarter, Gaited and Thoroughbred of all shapes and sizes. You will not see the horse twice unless you take the 12 week course at which time you will re-shoe and evaluate your own work after 6 weeks. We don’t reset, we use new shoes every time. Clients return every 6 – 8 weeks routinely. We never have a shortage of horses !!!
2 week course expectations
You will learn to trim and/or shoe what we refer to as the normal standard straight legged horse. All students will learn our 6 Steps which you will apply to every horse that you touch and evaluate. We are very cautious about your safety and horsemanship skills while handling horses. You will concentrate on the overall conformation of the horse and the anatomy of the lower limb and hoof while trimming to remain barefoot and certainly the difference in trimming prior to shoeing. Shoe shaping, manufacturers and styles such as regular plain what some call “keg” shoes and pre-shaped front and hind factory made shoes. We refer to this as “forge work” using shoes that are plain, heeled, clipped, applying traction to start with. Shaping the shoes on the anvil is referred to as “cold shoeing.” Heating the shoe in the propane or coal forge to shape at the anvil is referred to as “hot shoeing.” When the shoe is shaped correctly, placed back in the forge and set on the hoof wall, this is also referred to hot shoeing, then placed in cold water to cools, then nailed to the hoof. There are many reasons for “hot shoeing” to be discussed. The phrase “corrective shoeing” is anything that modifies the shoe to fit the hoof that is not a perfect size or shape. Nail sizes and styles and choosing good farrier tools, anvils and forges are important. There is a lot more to “forge work” than most students realize so be prepared.
This course compliments any other equine career. Those with horse anatomy and handling experience will benefit from “hands-on” knowledge of the farrier’s role in these two beginner weeks.
6 week course expectations
The following four weeks will be more intense at learning at all levels. The treadmill, track, thermal imaging, filming your progress, hoof repair, diseases, lameness issues, work with more factory made shoes and beginning your handmade shoes of the most commonly used shoe patterns for most farriers in business today. You will work under more Staff Members, work with show and event horses and
12 week course expectations
The following 6 more weeks will provide you more feet per day. Your speed is better, your decision making is important, understanding the Equine Massage Therapy Anatomy Class is a big plus, Our Nutrition Experts, Laser Light Therapy, Continued Horsemanship Skills, and field trips will help give you a well-rounded education in the Equine Industry.
The technology we can offer you will surpass anything you could learn elsewhere.
Please note that some people with prior experience with other farriers or family members, may progress to a comfortable place at the end of six weeks You are eligible to take the farrier Certification Test at this time and you must Pass.
For those with “zero” experience prior to your first day here, you will find that the 12 week course is best suited for them. This is the ONLY reason we offer more education than some other schools.
We also pride ourselves in how we offer our training daily to be easier to understand in the beginning and will be easier to relay to others when you go out on your own. With more hours in a day our 6 week course is equivalent to an 8 week course and our 12 week equivalent to a 16 week course.
We have personally visited every school in the United States during our 26 years here and know the owners and how they operate. We are one of the oldest schools in operation today. There are differences of course, but we are all providing a good education to those who want to learn our trade. What you do with it will be to your own success for failure.