Reviews & Testimonials
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We ask our students to evaluate their time and training during and at the end of training so that we may better serve each person. Here is an excellent example recently submitted by Marine Veteran Adam Ureche. He graduated from our 12 plus 6 advanced for a total of 18 weeks under his GI Post 9/11 funding. He is now off and running as a new Farrier and will be relocating to Maine where he already has customers lined up. It is rewarding for us to know we have helped so many people start and enjoy a new career.
First and foremost, I’d like to start by saying that before I came to Casey and Son Horseshoeing and the Research Facility, I was unaware what a farrier was. I started working with horses only a few short months before arriving here at the facility. Previously to coming here I was working dead end jobs and felt unfulfilled since leaving my active duty service as a U.S. Marine. Casey and Son has helped me to start and have the feeling of purpose again.
Upon arrival to Casey and Son, I wasn’t quite sure what I had got myself into, but that feeling soon faded. Once I arrived, Mrs. Ginger Casey was very warm, inviting and made me feel very welcome. Mrs. Casey runs the main office and works with you, and the VA and coordinates scheduling with clients. These clients bring their horses to the school so that we students may work and learn on their horses. She is always making herself available, whether it be for tools and materials, or to assist a student with any issue they may have. A wonderful woman, very helpful.
The location and atmosphere were amazing. Very personable. It was exactly what I was hoping for. I was a little nervous but that soon faded once class started. The other students got along great.
Working with and learning from Link Casey has not only been a great experience, it has been an honor and privilege. The knowledge and research that has been passed down to the students is amazing and enlightening. To learn how to properly maintain the horse’s hooves, the difference between shoeing and trimming. Their six steps teaching method of how to keep the horse’s boney column in alignment and to correct and treat issues within the hoof is excellent. Easy for me to understand and easy for me to explain to others and soon to be customers.
Along with all the knowledge of the horse’s feet and skeletal structure, blacksmithing skills are taught and implemented, coincide with the treatment and care of the hoof. How to shape and modify a shoe, whether it be a toe or quarter clip, to prevent the shoe from sliding and shifting, or to re-enforce a weakened quarter in the hoof wall to support your nails. Learning how to manipulate the steel of the shoe to either add a toe extension to improve breakover or a trailer to help the foot land straighter. Working with the forge and steel is extremely beneficial to the shoeing process and keeping that boney column in alignment. I enjoyed making hand made shoes and working with tools.
After the first two weeks, I was extremely impressed and proud to see how my work, skills and knowledge had improved and that my confidence level was rising. After 12 weeks I was able to trim and shoe by myself, be able to shape my shoes to the foot as it became easier. I wasn’t pushed to hard but was pushed to break free of my comfort zone to continuously progress and become a better farrier.
The additional staff here at Casey and Son are extremely wonderful and amazing people. From the cook who prepares our meals daily, to other guest instructors who came here to teach so that we learn the aspects and perspectives of the horse shoeing/farrier profession. These individuals are the back bone of this great and free trade industry. Dan Marcum teaches an excellent anatomy course with the Equine Flexion Therapy. I never thought I would learn so much about a horse…..but I did. I am so proud !
In conclusion, I would like to thank everyone here at the Farriers’ National Research Center, Casey and Son Horseshoeing School for everything. I have learned and have become proficient in my abilities and knowledge. I’d like to give special thanks to Mr. Ralph Casey for starting the Research Center and School and founding the BWFA. To Link Casey, lead Instructor for passing on the knowledge and giving the experience needed to succeed. And to Mrs. Ginger Casey for being such an amazing help with everything she does.
I am extremely proud to have chosen and completed the 18 weeks of training at the Farriers’ National Research Center and Casey and Son Horseshoeing School and now recognized as a lifetime member of the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association (BWFA). I will be proud to show off MY Certification Card !!
We would like to add our final evaluation comments.
Adam did very well while his confidence level went up dramatically !
A Recent Student Review:
I’ve attended the 12 week program, and currently attending the additional 6 weeks. I’ve learned so much and everyone is very helpful. I never imagined I would learn as much as I have the last 12 weeks. It’s been an overalll wonderful experience.
Rhaelyn Boycher of Georgia
To Casey and Son Horseshoeing School,
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to train at your facility. I had no prior experience prior to attending and graduated with a wealth of knowledge. I also did not realize I would be gaining such a supportive network of knowledge that is willing to help and guide me throughout my career. I was fortunate to attend the 12 week AND the 6 week Advanced Courses!
From the first time talking with Ginger she went well above and beyond in her service and assistance. When I was unable to attend on my original start date the School again ensured me it was no issue and fully understands life problems and changes, often at the last minute.
I am a retired Coast Guardsman rated at 100% disability. The school never pressured too hard when I had rough days or old injuries acting up. Link would change the schedule or my tasking for that day in order to accommodate my physical abilities. I originally believed that I would not be able to meet the physical challenges of becoming a farrier, but quickly realized the health benefits of the job. This has been one of the greatest physical therapies I have ever been a part of. You also get the satisfaction of helping equine and educating horse owners on the importance of taking care of their horses.
Since graduating I have applied the techniques taught as well as business strategies learned. If you are willing to listen and apply from the decades of experience taught by the Casey's you can have a successful career. Once graduated you will have a vast network of knowledge and experience to help with any problems that may arise and a helpline for advice.
I have also learned since graduating that it doesn't matter your experience level. Horse owners want to know you care, can be contacted, and show up when you say you will. I feel that if you can stick to these things owners will gladly pay you for your services and not question your opinions. It has also been nice having the Farriers’ National Research Center located at the school, as this is an invaluable resource for any farrier.
Thank you, Scott Wilburn
Scott also told us that the horse handling and training with the Noavel Headstall helped him immensely. The Equine Flexion Therapy course was EXCELLENT and rounded out his education with the anatomy and motion of horses in general. He recently held a clinic at a private barn. They too were excited to learn something new from their farrier! He had their unridden, never shod 13 year old gelding ready for shoeing and riding after just an hour of safe handling with the Noavel Headstall.
Scott attended the 12 week AND the 6 week Advanced Courses! We know he will go far in this career to support his big family !
Questions & Answers:
An evaluation from a woman who recently brought her own 2 horses for the 2-DAY Trim Course for Horse Owners and their horses.
Q. How many hooves did you trim?
Q. What did you learn about safety?
A. To always do a safety check first.
Q. Did we push you to hard? Not enough?
A. Just right.
Q. Do you feel that you did the best job you could possibly do?
A. I could do better, have to make myself stronger.
Q. Did your horses “cooperate” for trimming?
A. NO. Training to stand still was needed by the Instructor and Students there. He would not hold still! I leaned how to use the Noavel Headstall and then felt very safe. I purchased one with the DVD and will certainly study it and share with others on the farm back home.
Q. What would you have changed or done different and what do you need more help in?
A. The classes and instruction are very good I will just need more practice.
Q. How would you rate the Instructor(s) from 1-10 (10 being the highest rating)
Q. Comment on Communicating with your Instructor(s):
A. Anytime I had a question instructor showed me what I needed to do and how.
Q. Comment on Communicating with other students:
A. Other Students were very helpful and knowledgeable.
Q. Overall school activities rating:
A Student Review:
I had a great time over the past couple of weeks. I'm leaving with confidence in my trade and that's why I came. The group of students were great. We all worked together and it made things really easy. Link and Chris were great instructors and were very helpful and insightful. I really loved getting to come here and challenging myself and I'm ready to head out and start my career. Thank y'all for having me and I hope to be back to test up.
A Student Review:
I was a student at the Casey and Son Horseshoeing School and the Farriers’ National Research Center. I found the school online and after doing some research I spoke to a very nice lady named Ginger. She helped me through everything I needed for my Veteran funding to attend the school. When I started I met one of the main instructors Link Casey. He taught the class by visual and hands on learning. He answered all my questions and was very knowledgeable on this trade. I wouldn’t change anything about the school from the clean bunk house to the class time and the in between excellent breakfast and lunches. Since attending the school, I have started on my own and have been very successful in this trade. With the knowledge, I obtained from the school it has helped me go down the right path to making this my career. Most my clients love how I answer their questions and give them knowledge on the Anatomy of their horse I wouldn’t have been able to do that without the help of the school and their amazing instructors Link Casey and Ronney DeBoard
Thank you, Forrest Bass
Since this comment Forrest informed us that he had met other farriers in his area and is starting a good business relationship with them. He says he “absolutely loves this business and cares about the horses that he serves”.
He attended the 12 week course AND 6 week Advanced Courses.
A recent student evaluation about his stay at
Casey & Son Horseshoeing School:
I came here with an open mind. I had attended a 12-week course 10 years ago at a different school. We mostly concentrated on making handmade competition shoes three days a week so the owner could compete in a contest with his students. Out of school I didn’t have enough hands on with horses and found that I needed more forge work in modifying keg shoes.
I shod some and worked other jobs. My dad is a shoer and now needs my brother and I to take over the business so he can retire. My brother attended Casey’s earlier in the year for a two-week refresher and loved it. I could tell the difference in his work, so I decided to attend for two weeks as an advanced course.
I knew how to get the front hooves flat but no “balanced together.” I told Ginger that the Casey’s Grammar DVD is an excellent “Barney” style explanation. She thought that was funny. As farriers son I understood it and as a horse owner first I learned even more. It is the grammar school knowledge that all owners should understand and will be excellent to share with my customers.
I am learning to “talk it out” myself. I am excited. I have a plan now, return to school two weeks at a time for the six advanced with a goal of shoeing competitive on the Hunter Jumpers circuit back home. I learned I was losing money per horse and working on too many in a day !! I learned to itemize my bill! Links business sense made sense to me!
On a scale of 1 to 10, I give Link Casey a 10 ! He is very, very easy to talk with and get help when needed. Very good at showing and describing what to do and how.
They did not push me too hard, just hard enough, “perfect pace.”
Thank you, Josh
It was a pleasure to have Josh here and we look forward to his return. He is one of those excited young farriers we like to see!
Update from a previous review
Graduate of 2014
Jerry Scheweinlein of New York
9-5-17 Jerry called today to purchase several more Noavel Headstalls for his clients. We just had to add his comments to our reviews to share with other students and prospective students. “I am proud to say that I expect my income to be $85-90,000 this year ! My phone just won’t stop ringing! All are from individual referrals now, no advertising and no face book. I have been invited to be the Show Farrier next month at an International A rated show where horses range from $80-100,000. No Smucks ! I love my job and it just keeps getting better and better. Thanks again to the Casey School ! “
We are very proud of Jerry. He was age 46, retiring from a previous career when he first attended our school. His motivation and what we call “people skills” has made him a success at home.
A Student Review:
Over all this school is very learner friendly and very hands on. I like how it can help people with leaving and coming back to complete their 6-12 week course and still be able to work a full time job. This is a great school that I highly recommend to anyone who is wanting to become a Farrier.
-Hunter Pelham Michigan 2017 (Father is a full time Farrier)
I am only 19 years old and I have always loved animals and now being a farrier, that's awesome. Now that I am a farrier that is what I am going to be doing as a living.
"I joined the military soon after turning 18, finished by contract and decided to start my own business shoeing horses. Georgia Horseshoeing School has more than met all expectations. I am very confident in my work after completing the 12 week course. I recommend this school to anyone who wants to learn to shoe."
"After I graduated from the University of Findlay, I had a Bachelor's Degree in Science, majoring in Western Equestrian Studies and Equine Business and I wanted to learn to be a professional farrier. After being here for 12 weeks, I feel I have learned everything I need to be a professional farrier."
"I have been apprenticing with a farrier for a few years. I attended the 2 week course. The instruction was tailored to my personal needs. I will practice more forging ...at home. The instructors were excellent at conveying their expert knowledge and teaching abilities."
West Milton, Pennsylvania
As a woman, I was a bit nervous heading into a "man's world". Not that it stopped me. Link, Ginger, Ronnie and all my male counterparts at the school made my experience wonderful. They all made it a time I will never forget. I learned a lot and made friends that I still keep in touch with. I have to give a special shout out to Franz Robinson, Santiago Jaramillo, Joshua LaRose and of course my man George Cheripka. Some of you where there in the beginning and some at the end. All of you where supportive and encouraging. I can't thank you enough.
-Christine White, September 28, 2015
May 7, 2012
"I’ve been out of school for one year now and I'm shoeing full time. I have an apprentice who helps me with barns of 10 horses or more. I’m currently making on average $1200-$1500 a week after materials. I've hosted several trimming and shoeing clinics in my area. Tractor Supply in Jonesboro, TN. has asked me do a shoeing presentation at Horse Days on May 11th. I will be telling everyone interested in becoming a professional farrier that Georgia Horseshoeing School and the FNRC offer the best education in the U.S. I hope can visit soon for some advanced forge work."
Church Hill, Tennessee
May 16, 2010
"I didn't think that my horse shoeing career would be anything like this. It seems like a get 2 or 3 new horses about every other week or so. Ya'll taught me well and I thank you for that. I learn something new every day with each new horse. I have to read a lot to keep up with what I find in the horses I work with. Many horse owners have not taken care of there horses feet. Thank you."
Update From Ralph Rodgers
Lexington, South Carolina
April 19, 2012
"We are trimming our own horses and they are loving it! ...We have only 2 horses now and they are moving better than ever, standing like statues for the trims and very willing. What a difference! Our guys are never ouchy, lame or in a bad mood...
Had we never attended your weekend clinic for owners, we would never had the training, skills, tools and courage to do it. We "fired" our farrier over a year ago (long story for some other time) and we have never looked back. The vet is impressed and we are humbled. We continually read and watch DVDs on trimming and are the envy of the neighbors. Attending your class with the wonderful students that were there that weekend gave Ron the courage he needed to work around horses and the encouragement coming from them was better than I could have hoped for. I could have never accomplished what they did in building Ron's confidence so well. They were, to a person, the best group of people, ever. Everyone was so generous with their time and talents; we (especially me) are forever grateful. I keep them and you all in my prayers. Thank you again for offering this course for owners with those wonderful students (the Teacher sets the tone in the class), and for us and our horses, it was a Godsend. All the best and God bless you!"
February 26, 2011
"I've been working really hard the last couple months since my husband deployed and by the time he came back I had moved my horses here & I run my own barn. I'm teaching riding lessons, and I'm doing a bunch of farrier work with new customers calling every week. Mostly doing trims while I'm making a name for myself around here, but all of my customers have been repeat customers and they like my work. I just put on my first set of shoes since school, and I have a few new horses to shoe next week!
I've also been named the official farrier of the Colquitt Co Saddle Club. I attend all their rodeos, shows, and trail rides and do work on site. Thank you all for the great education (and helpful business ideas/motivation...) I can't wait to come back up there for some continuing education soon."
Warner Robins, GA
October 4, 2009
"Three weeks after I left school, I had a horseshoeing clinic at a local stable and won over every boarder there. There were about 20 people that showed up all together. Not everyone boarded their horses there, but they all came out. I got all 12 people that boarded there to convert to have me shoeing their horses, and I got the others too. I have a good clientele since I left, but this by far was the best thing that happened yet! A local farrier told one lady that 'you can't learn to shoe no horse out of a text book'. That's when I told my customer that she could call and ask how much we read the book there... I read it daily here at home...it feels good to know what you're talking about. I also have Dr. Perry on my side. He's the Vet here in this part of Alabama. He tells the world that I do corrective shoeing, and that I know the foot better than any farrier around here and I would be his first choice. Thanks so much. I can't wait until I can come back and at least hang around a day or two and help out. I love being a farrier!"
Pine Mountain, GA
"My Horses are picking up every week. I'm getting one or two more every time I turn around. There are a few tricks to this and that's what I call shacking hands and kissing little babies! You've got to make people like you and then you have to be the better man under the horse. This is a great school, take my word for it and go get started!" ~Tim Chancey 2010 Graduate
"This school is great. It's very laid back but you learn a lot. Unlike other schools, you jump right into shoeing. You get a lot of real good experience with a lot or real bad hooves. I would recommend the 12 week course so you can get that extra time under the horse before going out on your own and yes, I am shoeing as a profession and not doing bad at all! Good luck!!!" ~Jacob: Graduate 2010