12 Week Course



In the 12-week course at the Arkansas Horseshoeing School, we build on the knowledge acquired in the 8-week course. This more advanced course will cover:

  • Introduction to Farrier Science
  • Horse Handling
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Hoof Trimming and Balance
  • Using the Forge and Anvil
  • Basic Horseshoeing: Putting It All Together
  • Handmade Shoes
  • Hot Shaping
  • Lameness
  • Therapeutic Horseshoeing
  • Business Management

Our mission to make your educational experience at our school as much like an apprenticeship as possible becomes more obvious to students in this more advanced work.

During the years Paul Dorris Jr. has worked with apprentices, he has developed a very effective style of teaching. This is especially evident in complex cases of therapeutic shoeing encountered at the school or at barns and clinics when students travel in the field with him. As he works, he provides a wealth of background information so that in one case students might connect the details he presents to what they’ve learned about anatomy, hoof disease, contributing environmental factors and more. The skill and art of the work come alive as all the pieces fall together. An anatomical term is no longer just a cold fact to be memorized when it’s studied as part of an interesting case history.

Graduates of the 12-week horseshoeing course are able to:

  • Shoe healthy horses
  • Handle most problems in everyday horseshoeing
  • Treat basic lameness issues
  • Recognize more complex problems and be able to discuss them with the owner, along with possible options for referral to another equine professional for treatment

At the end of the 12-week course, students will take a final exam that is based closely on the Farrier Certification exam of the American Farrier’s Association. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to begin your career as a farrier. We strongly recommend an apprenticeship and the faculty will use their network to help you find an appropriate one. We think it’s the best thing you could do to guarantee success. We promise you we’ll always be here to offer support along the way as well.

We’ve included a full set of tools in the cost of tuition. We decided to do this because over the years we saw too many young farriers graduate from school only to find they’d run short of funds to get the tools they needed to start work. We’ll make sure you have the tools you need, ones that are right for you personally. If you attend the Arkansas Horseshoeing School, you’ll start out working with the tools you’ll use in your business later. If you attend the Arkansas Horseshoeing School, you’ll start out working with the tools you’ll use in your business later. As long as they last, we’re going to include (at no extra charge) a working forge in the tool sets that come with your tuition.

Tuition for the 12-week course includes books, course materials and the tool set ($1,975 value) – $7,900