8 Week Farrier Course

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8 week course   12 week course   16 week course  (no link)   24 week course (no link)
24 week Modern Materials and Advanced Forging Course

Ask us about our 16 and 24 week  courses.  They include everything in the 8 and 12 week course, plus a lot more of it.


The Arkansas Horseshoeing School’s basic farrier course, is designed to transform the beginning student into an entry-level farrier and give a solid foundation for a professional farrier career. Our 8-week course includes:

  • Horse Handling
  • Equine Anatomy and Physiology
  • Hoof Trimming and Balance
  • Blacksmithing – Hot Forge and Anvil
  • Diagnose Hoof Problems & Diseases
  • Basic Horseshoeing: Putting It All Together
  • Managing a Business

The course is taught with classroom training and instruction, as well as a generous amount of hands-on work with students working closely with the faculty.


Farrier Course - 8-week trainingWe don’t use teaching assistants, so you’ll always be working with someone who’s spent years acquiring a base of knowledge and experience.


We designed our school to be as much like an apprenticeship as is possible.

  • Small class sizes
  • One-on-one time with faculty
  • You get hands-on work under a lot of horses


Upon successful graduation from the course you will receive a course completion certificate.

You’ll  be able to hot shoe a healthy horse to the standard of certification set by the American Farrier’s Association, and will also have acquired a strong foundation with which to take the next step in your career.

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



Jacey Broussard, CF, owner JC’s Hoofcare and a Arkansas Horseshoeing School graduate.

Farrier Course Details

320 clock hours
 – This course is designed for students who wish to obtain a skill level such that they can competently shoe a horse with keg shoes given the horse’s conformation and usual work within two hours.

 You’ll be able to make a pair of handmade shoes from beginning to end to fit a specific pattern within an hour, be aware of the difference between farrier and veterinary responsibilities.

Also, you will have a firm grasp on when to refer to a veterinarian or more experienced farrier, and adequately serve as an apprentice to a working farrier.

This course cost – $6,900.00

 It includes:

The Principles of Horseshoeing (P3)
Dr. Doug Butler & Jacob Butler 2004

$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.

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.

80 Clock hours – There are 5 Clock hours of Classroom time and 75 Clock hours of Lab time (hands-on).

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.

80 Clock hours – There are 30 Clock hours of Classroom time and 50 Clock hours of Lab time (hands-on).

 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.

120 Clock hours – There are 30 Clock hours of Classroom time and 90 Clock hours of Lab time (hands-on).

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.

40 Clock hours – There are 10 Clock hours of Classroom time and 30 Clock hours of Lab time (hands-on).




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