Farrier Sixteen Week Course

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Farrier Eight Week Course

Farrier Twelve Week Course

Farrier Sixteen Week Course

Farrier Twenty-Four Week Course

24 week Modern Materials and Advanced Forging Course


640 clock hours – Course is designed for students who wish to obtain a skill level such that they can competently shoe a horse with therapeutic issues considering its confirmation, therapeutic problems and do so within two hours, make a pair of handmade therapeutic shoes from beginning to end within an hour and a half to a specific pattern, correctly identify and have a firm grasp of the many different foot diseases, injuries, and conformation problems, and begin work as an independent farrier, though apprenticeship is still recommended.

This course builds upon everything that the twelve-week course teaches, plus adds time with the instructors to learn more about anatomy, forging, and shoeing.

  • AHSS 1000: Hot Forge 95 hrs
  • AHSS 2000: Trimming 140
  • AHSS 2100: Fitting 250
  • AHSS 3000: Hoof Problems and Diseases 155
    Total – 640 hrs

Some topics covered in the course includes;

  • 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
  • Introduction to Bar Shoes
  • Business Management

Graduates of the 16-week horseshoeing course are able to:

• Shoe healthy horses
• Handle most problems in everyday horseshoeing
• Treat basic lameness issues and assist in the identification and treating of more advanced 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 16-week course, students will take a final exam that is based closely on the Farrier Certification exam of the American Farrier’s Association with a more rigorous forging practical requirement than the 12-week course and more in depth anatomy exam. 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.

Upon successful graduation from the course you will receive a course completion certificate and will also have acquired a strong foundation with which to take the next step in your farrier career.

This course cost – $8,900.00

It includes:
GREGORY’S Textbook of Farriery- 2011 Hardcover edition

$2500 of New Tools for Horseshoeing Provided for Your Use:

* If you graduate, Paul will even give you all of these tools to help you start your farrier business.

Administrative Notes

  • Course Schedule – New courses start the first Tuesday of each month
  • Class Schedule – Training is 5 days a week, Tuesday through Saturday starting at 8:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm (if an early day), but some days might run until 8-9 pm.
  • Boarding – Boarding is not included in the course fee. Separate men’s and women’s bunkhouse boarding with cable TV and WIFI is available for just $50 a month.
  • Tools –  See below
  • Financial Assistance – Post-9/11 GI Bill® Veterans Benefits and VA Voc Rehab Benefits accepted. Please check with your local VA office to see if you qualify.

    ‘‘GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.”

    Note: The $500.00 deposit is not required for students using VA benefits.


Farriery tool set

Tools you will use in your  8, 12, 16 or 24 week farrier course.

Rasp & Handles (2)
Crease Nail Pullers
Rounding Hammer
Driving Hammer
Pull offs
Nail Cutter
Tongs (2)
Hoof Knife
Hoof Gauge
Tool Box
Hoof Stand
Creaser (24-week course only)


Course Hours

Note: Lab time is non-classroom hands-on work with the forge, trimming, fitting, etc.

AHSS 1000 – Hot Forge

This course develops forging skills through hands on instruction and practice, by completing several hands on assignments. Students first get comfortable with the forging tools which include safety precautions and then take those skills to the next level by building custom shoes that properly fit the horse’s foot.

16 Week Course:
Introduction and safety lecture 8 hrs.
Tool Building 8 hrs.
Forge Welding Rings 8 hrs.
Forging Squares 8 hrs.
Forging Toe Bends 8 hrs.
Forging Quarter Bends 8 hrs.
Forging Heels 8 hrs.
Forging a Complete Shoe 8 hrs.
Punching Nail Holes 8 hrs.
Shaping Keg Shoes 28 hrs.
Drawing Clips 8 hrs.
Hammer Finishing Shoes 4 hrs.
Bumping Stock 8 hrs.
Forging Draft Shoes 8 hrs.
Forging Straight Bar Shoes 8 hrs.
Forging Traction Devices 8 hrs.
Forging Egg Bar Shoes 8 hrs.
Extended Heel and Trailers 8 hrs.
Total Clock Hours 160 hrs.


AHSS 2000 – Trimming

This course develops trimmings skills through teaching the students anatomy which will allow them to properly trim the horse’s foot. They will learn how to properly balance a horse’s foot, which is necessary to performing farrier work properly.

16 Week Course:
Introductory Lecture Tools and Safety 8hrs
Horse Handling and Proper Posture 8hrs
A/P Balance 8hrs
Medial/Lateral Balance 8hrs
Sole and Frog Paring 8hrs
Rasping Technique 8hrs
Proper Nipper Technique 8hrs
Flatting Feet 12hrs
Addressing Flare 12hrs
Addressing Cracks 8hrs
Addressing Splits 8hrs
Dressing for Clip Fit 8hrs
Trimming for White Line 8hrs
Hoof Resection 8hrs
Trimming Draft Horse 10hrs
Trimming Miniature Horse 10hrs
Trimming for Laminitis Horses 10hrs
Trimming for Founder 10hrs
Total Clock Hours 160 hrs.


AHSS 2100 – Fitting

This course is an extension of the Trimming and Hot Forge. It adds to the anatomy learned from Trimming and takes the skills learned from Hot Forge and combines them to allow the student to properly trim the horse’s foot and build a custom shoe that properly fits the horse’s foot.

16 Week Course:
Lecture Introduction to Horseshoe Fit 8hrs
Setting Up the Foot 12hrs
Type A Fit (Practical) 10hrs
Type B Fit (Practical) 10hrs
Type C Fit (Practical) 10hrs
Placing and nailing shoes 48hrs
Clip Fit 10hrs
Fitting for Missing Hoof 10hrs
Fitting for Break over 10hrs
Fitting Straight Bar Shoe 8hrs
Fitting Egg Bar Shoes 8hrs
Extended Heels 8hrs
Fitting a Square Toe 8hrs
Total Clock Hours 160 hrs.


AHSS 3000 – Hoof Anatomy, Problems, & Diseases

This course develops skills that will enable the student to diagnose possible hoof problems and diseases. This course teaches students how to work with Veterinarians (such as reading x-rays) to better help the horse with foot problems and diseases.

16 Week Course:
Terminology and Hoof Structure 22hrs
Vascular System of the Foot 10hrs
Bones and Joints of the Lower Limb 10hrs
Ligaments and Tendons 30hrs
Limb Dissection 8hrs
Biomechanics 10hrs
Conformations 10hrs
Gaits 10hrs
Gait Faults 10hrs
Bruise, Abscess, and Corns 10hrs
Thrush and White Line Disease 10hrs
Cracks and Quarter Cracks 10hrs
Coffin Bone Fracture, Pedal Otitis 10hrs
Total Hours 160 hrs.

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