The Arkansas Horseshoeing School has 8, 12, 16 and 24 week courses for prospective farriers. Many students come from neighboring states like Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Kentucky because of the reputation of the school and faculty.
Paul Dorris Jr., CJF AFA (Certified Journeyman Farrier, American Farrier Association) founded the Arkansas Horseshoeing School. He had spent years thinking about farrier education–what it took for a person to become a top farrier. It required mastery of the skills and art of horseshoeing as well as a desire to uphold the highest standards of the profession. He believes the formula for success always includes two things:
- The best possible foundation from a good horseshoeing school
- An apprenticeship in horseshoeing
- Learn from Paul Dorris, Jr, nationally recognized farrier
- Small class size, so more individual assistance
- Tuition fee includes books, course materials, bunk house board and a tool set with 100 lb anvil and 2 burner forge ($1,975 value)
- 8 week course $6,900
- 12 week course $7,900
- 16 week course $8,900
- 24 week course $15,900
- 24 week Advanced Course $15,900
*To enroll into the 24 Week Advanced Course, students must complete a prior course of up to 12 weeks, have one year of prior shoeing experience, or be able to demonstrate sufficient skill level to the director.
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“One of Paul’s recent graduates lives near me and helps us on occasion. He defiantly received a strong foundation at AHS, from work ethic to sound fundamentals of Farriery.”
Steve Sermersheim CJF TE, AWCF Middlefork Forge
Paul Dorris Jr. founded the Arkansas Horseshoeing School and both he and his father are instructors; together they have 75+ years as journeyman farriers. To round out the faculty they asked another exceptional professional to teach at the school – a veterinarian.
The faculty worked together to create coursework that gives students everything they need to become outstanding farriers. They decided to keep class sizes ultra small and avoid using teaching assistants. Their plan was for the
farrier school to be as much like an apprenticeship experience as they could manage. Whether you’re in an anatomy class, under a horse, or out in the field working with one of the faculty, you’re always working with the guidance of an expert.
Paul Jr. has a long list of accomplishments. In early October 2010 he was an Official Farrier for the Eventing Division of The World Equestrian Games, where top equine champions from over 50 countries gather every four years to compete. This 2010 WEG is the first time the U.S. has been chosen to host this prestigious event.. Over 500,000 attended and it was covered by NBC Sports. For fourteen years, he’s also been an official farrier at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event, also a Four Star Event like the World Games and the Olympics. Paul’s father, Paul Sr. was also an official farrier at Rolex for years. It says a great deal about their reputations that father and son are entrusted with horses of this caliber.
We’re proud of our farrier courses. A great deal of collaborative effort among the faculty went into designing their content. In addition to the foundation of knowledge in horseshoeing and the business end of things, we’ll also teach you how to maintain your health, concentrating on safety and on how to minimize wear and tear on your body.
The success rate for graduates of any school sky rockets when apprenticeship is combined with formal education.
We take a personal interest in each individual we work with and enjoy talking with prospective students to answer questions and help them find what they need in a formal education in horseshoeing.
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