Being a farrier is more than just a job, it’s a calling. Horseshoeing is much more than a nine-to-five job – as a professional, you will be working closely with horse owners and vets to help keep horses healthy and in peak condition.
Putting on a horseshoe is a lot more than hammering metal on to a horse’s hoof. Each hoof is different, and a farrier needs to learn the best type of shoe, placement on the hoof, and the optimal way to trim each hoof. A farrier must be able to analyze the shape and condition of the hoof, as well as what the horse will be used for, in order to make sure that the best possible work is done.
Becoming a farrier is an ideal career for someone who loves horses and working with them. Most farriers spend a lot of time traveling to farms and stables, scheduling appointments. In some cases, they may work on site at racetracks. The largest stables and horse farms will sometimes have a permanent farrier on staff. Because the condition of a horse’s hoof is so vital, the best farriers are those that have been trained in formal horseshoeing programs, or apprenticed under a Certified Journeyman Farrier. Those who go through additional training usually receive the best rates, and also can be confident that they’re doing the best possible job.
A career as a farrier can be a very rewarding path and incomes are based on the amount of work you are willing to put into it. There are many positive aspects to becoming a farrier and we'd love to introduce you to your new career.
The school is limited to a maximum of six students per session so that each student may receive personalized instruction.
The school campus is located in Minco, Oklahoma and has all the charm of a small town. Our facility includes a 24' x 50' forging area, a 30' x 50' enclosed shoeing area, 30' x 50' open air shoeing area, classroom and office, fully furnished bunkhouse on-site in addition to over 20 acres of pasture area. We use propane forges and coke forges as well as all the latest tools from the best toolmakers. We have clinicians visiting the school 2 to 3 times per month from around the US so students get to experience a wide array of teaching styles.
Students will train in three different aspects presented throughout the courses to become a farrier. All four courses offered at the horseshoeing school - Five Star Horseshoeing School will include:
Classroom Instruction (25%) including lecture/discussion, video presentation, quizzes, and testing.
Forging Instruction and Practice (25%) including demonstration and hands-on instruction.
Live Horse Trimming and Shoeing (50%) including demonstration and hands-on instruction.
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