Farrier & Horseshoeing Schools

Meredith Manor Farrier School

Meredith Manor Farrier School will give you both the theoretical knowledge and the practical hands-on experience needed for a successful farrier career. Our farrier students gain invaluable experience working with and studying our 150 school horses of varying breeds, disciplines, and training levels including upper level dressage horses, reining horses, eventers, and more. 12 week and 36 week programs are available. Federal financial aid is available to qualified applicants.

Kentucky Horseshoeing School

The Kentucky Horseshoeing School was founded in 1978 and is dedicated to preparing students for positions in equine hoof care. KHS offers multiple course options. Horse owners looking to learn basic hoof-care can take a 2-week course, and those looking to become a professional farrier can take a 36-week course, which includes an internship. Courses combine instruction in anatomy and physiology with practical experience.

Arkansas Horseshoeing School

Paul Dorris Jr. founded the Arkansas Horseshoeing School on the idea that success as a farrier comes from proper training and an apprenticeship. AHS offers 8-week and 12-week courses. Class-sizes are kept small to allow more interaction between the students and instructors. AHS helps every student find an apprenticeship after the program is complete.

Casey and Son Horseshoeing School

Casey and Son Horseshoeing School’s goal is to train and educate farriers, providing knowledge and skill at the highest level.They strive to stay abreast of new techniques and technology, providing the best farrier education possible.  Casey and Son offers students free housing and meals, continuing education after graduation and a hands-on environment that allows each student to work at their own pace. Classes are held Wednesday – Sunday. Students can attend full time (5 days a week) or break up attendance as a part time or weekend student and spread the days over a longer period of time. This will allows students to work and attend school towards a career change.

Oklahoma Horseshoeing School

The Oklahoma Horseshoeing School begins a class every Monday, so that there is always beginner as well as advanced students at the school. Students work with real clients and their horses every day, and also receive a minimum of two hours of instruction per day. OHS offers a 2-week course in basic horseshoeing, an 8-week professional course, and a 12-week advanced horseshoeing and blacksmith course.

Oregon Farrier School

All instructors at the Oregon Farrier School are certified by the American Farrier’s Association, and students are taught according the AFA’s standards. OFS offers a 20-week advanced program, which includes course sections that teach students corrective methods for horse lameness and techniques specifically for show horses. A 10-week internship is also offered through the school. Students that complete the advanced program and the internship will receive the Advanced Farrier Certificate.

Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School

The Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School offers a 6-week (300 hours) course that runs Monday through Friday. The curriculum includes anatomy, corrective shoeing, horse behavior management, and business practices. Class sizes are small, with a maximum of 22 students. All instructors are nationally certified.

Butler Professional Farrier School

Butler Professional Farrier School offers two separate 6-week courses. The first 6-week course teaches basic horseshoe care, preparing students to work on horses right away. The second 6-week course teaches advanced techniques that prepare students to work with lame horses or special breeds. The school bases its curriculum around the seven critical skill areas of equine hoof-care.

Minnesota School of Horseshoeing

The Minnesota School of Horseshoeing is dedicated to providing students with an in-depth education of horseshoeing techniques in order to prepare them for successful careers in equine hoof-care. MSH offers a 10-week program that includes instruction in the areas of anatomy, forge and iron work, corrective shoeing, trimming, and more. The school also offers an apprentice program to give students more hands-on experience.

Texas Horseshoeing School

The Texas Horseshoeing School was founded by John Burgin, who is the only instructor at the school. He believes individualized instruction is the best way to learn the farrier trade. THS offers three different courses. The 80-hour and 160-hour courses teach basic techniques. The 240-hour course prepares students for entry-level farrier work.

The Mission Farrier School

The Mission Farrier School teaches both traditional farrier methods along with the newer science of Natural Balance theory. Owner and instructor Mark Plumlee is a former Vice President of the Guild of Professional Farriers and has multiple certifications. As part of the curriculum, students are instructed on how to treat horse lameness. The school offers four 8-week sessions per year.

Shurshod Horseshoeing School

The Shurshod Horseshoeing School is certified by The Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association. The program is four weeks and includes hands-on experience in trimming, shoeing, and forging. Students also learn how to run their own farrier business. Students are eligible to take the tests required to receive certification from the BWFA.

Tucson School of Horseshoeing

The Tucson School of Horseshoeing provides instruction in all major subject areas of equine hoof-care, including trimming, horseshoeing, blacksmithing, anatomy, and conformation. The program is broken down into 2-week segments, for a total of eight weeks. Upon completion of the 8-week program, students may apply for certification from the American Farriers Association. A 12-week program is also offered for advanced techniques.

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School was founded by Bob Smith in 1991. PCHS makes an effort to educate every student properly and to prepare them for a career in farriery. The 8-week program includes daily classroom instruction in anatomy, physiology, conformation, and business practices. Students are also given hands-on experience in forging and shoeing on a daily basis.

Five Star Horseshoeing School

The Five Star Horseshoeing School is dedicated to providing a strong education foundation for students who want a career in farriery. FSHS offers three program options. The 6-week program is an introductory course, the 8-week program teaches students basic shoeing techniques, and the 12-week course is an advanced program that prepares students for a career in equine hoof-care.

Wolverine Farrier School

The Wolverine Farrier School offers a comprehensive, 16-week farrier course. The program includes daily classroom lectures and discussions to insure students continue to learn proper techniques. An important part of the course is hands-on forge work and shoeing. Students also learn how to make and repair their own tools.

Montana State University Farrier School

The Montana State University Farrier School prepares students for careers as professional farriers. The program lasts for eleven weeks. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared for the American Farrier Association certification exam. A short blacksmithing course is also offered for further study.

Heartland Horseshoeing School

The Heartland Horseshoeing School takes pride in providing an intense farrier program that requires hard work and dedication. There are three program options. The 8-week course prepares students for the American Farrier Association Certified Farrier exam. The 16-week course builds on the basic instruction. The 24-week course prepares students for the AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier exam, and includes an internship.

Sierra South Horseshoeing School

The Sierra South Horseshoeing School offers 4-week, 8-week, and 12-week courses. The program includes lectures, forging, and hands-on experience with horses. Students are taught basic and corrective shoeing techniques, as well as anatomy, conformation, and physiology. There is a low student-to-instructor ratio to allow more individualized instruction.

Danny Ward Horseshoeing School

The Danny Ward Horseshoeing School was founded by Danny Ward, who has received many awards and certifications. Ward comes from a long line of horseshoers and is passionate about passing on the trade. The school offers an 8-week course in the foundations of farriery. The program includes a lot of hands-on training.

Pennsylvania Institute for Horseshoeing

The Pennsylvania Institute for Horseshoeing offers a 6-week basic horseshoeing course. Students learn anatomy and physiology, foot trimming, shoeing, horsemanship, tool maintenance, and basic forging techniques. Most of the time will be spent completing hands-on training, which includes working with horses and making shoes.

Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing

The 8-week course at the Lookout Mountain School of Horseshoeing prepares students for an entry-level career in farriery. The program includes classroom lectures on anatomy, conformation, and safety. Students are taught how to make many different types of shoes, including pathological shoeing. Students spend a lot of time getting hands-on training in the forge area, as well as real-life field experience.

Equine Lameness Prevention Organization

The Equine Lameness Prevention Organization (ELPO) Farrier School has dedicated itself to providing students with the education needed in order to become farriers. This 8-week course provides basic farrier techniques, along with advanced ELPO hoof care techniques. The ELPO Farrier School takes pride in keeping up with and teaching the latest developments in the trade. The program includes classroom instruction, forging and shoeing practice, and field work.

Midwest Horseshoeing School

The Midwest Horseshoeing School offers a 12-week course and a 16-week course. Both courses cover the foundations of horseshoeing and hoof care. Students learn anatomy, trimming, and corrective shoeing. Students receive classroom instruction, field trips, and hands-on work. Horses of all types and breeds are brought in to give students the opportunity to learn the best techniques for each type.

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