Farrier Twenty-Four 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


960 clock hours – This 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 sixteen-week course teaches plus adds time with the instructors to learn more about anatomy, forging, and shoeing.

  • AHSS 1000: Hot Forge 110 hrs
  • AHSS 2000: Trimming 260
  • AHSS 2100: Fitting 330
  • AHSS 3000: Hoof Problems and Diseases 260
    Total – 960 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
  • Creased bar shoes
  • Alternative methods of treating various lameness’s
  • Use of concave material in shoe building
  • Business Management

Graduates of the 24-week horseshoeing course are able to:

  • Shoe healthy horses and horses with chronic lameness issues
  • Handle most problems in everyday horseshoeing
  • Treat basic lameness issues and 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 24-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 requirement than the 16-week course and more in depth practical anatomy exam. This course is designed to cover all the skills a traditional farrier would need. 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 – $15,900.00

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.
    Note: The $500.00 deposit is not required


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.

110 Clock hours – There are 10 Clock hours of Classroom time and 100 Clock hours of Lab time for a total of 110 Clock hours for this course.

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.

260 Clock hours – There are 60 Clock hours of Classroom time and 200 Clock hours of Lab time for a total of 260 Clock hours for this course.

 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.

330 Clock hours – There are 60 Clock hours of Classroom time and 270 Clock hours of Lab time for a total of 330 Clock hours for this course.

AHSS 3000 – Hoof 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.

260 Clock hours – There are 60 Clock hours of Classroom time and 200 Clock hours of Lab time for a total of 260 Clock hours for this course

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