Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School is an internationally recognized award winning vocational school which has been committed to the highest quality instruction available since 1991.

A commitment to every students success sets us apart from other schools. That commitment extends to all students regardless of background or special needs. There is no typical or right kind of student, in fact students have ranged in age from 16 to 64 years old. We have educated everyone from rodeo cowboys, veterinarians, high school drop-outs, retired officers, auto mechanics, computer techs, aeronautical engineers, school teachers and anyone who is tired of working for someone else wants to work with animals or is just looking for a change.

We are so confident of our teaching ability and our professional facility that we offer a 100% refund to any student who withdraws from the program, for any reason, on or before the end of the first week of training. Get that in writing from any other school!

Some schools have a class starting every week. Our students start and graduate as a single class. Our course is painstaking thought out so that each lecture, demonstration, and shoeing is designed to build on the one before. This provides a natural learning progression for the student with the ultimate result of producing a professional farrier.

Curriculum is comprehensive and covers all key topics to make our graduates successful farriers and business owners. Every week students participate in 3 types of learning: In the classroom, on the forge and working with horses.

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Learning doesn't stop at graduation. As a graduate, you become a member of a community of farriers who share knowledge and seek the opinions of their colleagues. As a new farrier you can join our Facebook community and post photos of complicated cases to get the opinions of other experienced and successful farriers.

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Expert Instructors

All of our instructors have experience as full time professional farriers. Their years of experience running a business and supporting their families by shoeing horses puts them in a position to not only help you learn the skills to shoe horses, but also to provide the broader knowledge useful to build a successful business!

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Bob Smith

Founder of Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School and Professional Farrier

An award winning educator who previously ran a very successful horseshoeing practice in the Sacramento, California area. Clients included winning Grand Prix jumpers on the professional circuit, Medal winning dressage horses, winners of Snaffle Bit Futurities in Reno, Oregon and Idaho, Cutting horses competing at Fort Worth, Texas, endurance horses competing in the Tevis Cup 100 mile race as well as many trail and pleasure horses. This broad experience at the top of each discipline ensures you will not receive a one size fits all type of shoeing education, but specific insights and tips that you will find useful across disciplines.

Graduate studies in Farrier Science with Dr. Doug Butler at Sul Ross University, Alpine, Texas. A graduate of California State University at Sacramento. A Vietnam era veteran. Maintains the feet of the hoofed animals at the San Francisco Zoo.

Awarded numerous honors for both his skill as a farrier and as an educator, including his induction, in 2010, into the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame at the Kentucky Derby Museum in Louisville, KY. Bob has also authored many articles published in leading equine magazines such as Practical Horseman and Dressage Today.

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John Williams

Forging instructor | Professional Farrier | Professional tool maker | Artist Blacksmith

John began his career as a decorative blacksmith. He served a full time, formal apprenticeship, for 8 months. His background in blacksmithing lends a broad and nuanced perspective to both the practical and teaching aspects of handmade horseshoes. In 2003, he began shoeing horses full time. In the same year, he also founded Guildwerks —a handmade tool making company, which provides top quality tools for farriers, blacksmiths, and other artisans. He not only produces, but also uses the tools he makes on a daily basis, which ensures that his designs are tried and true and second to none. John was issued a C.E.R.T. to teach farriery and blacksmithing in the state of California in 2006. He continues to maintain a clientele of primarily dressage and hunter jumper horses, and has shod numerous world and national champion Appaloosa horses for Halter, Western Pleasure, and Hunter in hand. Currently, he shoes horses 3 days a week, while growing his tool making business, and pursuingcollaborative works in artistic blacksmithing.

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Sam Fabila

Instructor | Professional Farrier

Prior to shoeing, Sam was a Lieutenant with the CA Youth Authority / Department of Corrections, most recently as a Firearms Instructor and Institutional Trainer. When he met his wife (a horse enthusiast) a friends advised: "if you are going to be hitched to her you better learn how to shoe horses" and taught him some basics. His unexpected passion for shoeing ultimately led him to leaving his 23 year career with the Department of Corrections to dedicate his life to horses and shoeing full time. To hone and deepen his farrier skills Sam attended Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School which he describes as "a life changing event," crediting founder Bob Smith with giving him the courage "let go of the rock" and live an amazing life. Sam's practice is based in Amador County and feels it is a big privilege and honor to be able to give back as a teacher and mentor to future farriers.

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School is a purpose built institution. Careful thought was put into designing a facility which best serves students and their education. The forge area is designed to accommodate both horses and space for each student to have his or her own dedicated space including an anvil, forge and tools. The classroom is climate controlled and is equipped with modern audio visual technology for multi-formatted learning.

Dormitories are available for $70/week. The dormitory offers 1500 square feet of common area (Kitchen, Dining and Lounging areas). For entertainment we provide cable TV, video games, a pool table and free Wi-Fi. To ensure your comfort dorms have central heat and air. The kitchen is furnished with all utensils and appliances to allow students to save money by purchasing food and preparing their own meals.

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School is centrally located in Northern California, in the town of Plymouth which is in Amador County. The California weather is condusive to horseshoeing year round. Summers are dry rather than humid, and winters are typically mild with no snow. The school's convenient location provides students with a diverse range of activities for their leisure time:

  • Lake Tahoe and the rugged Sierra Mountains: 75 Miles
  • The shows and excitement of Reno, Nevada: 90 miles
  • Sacramento, Californias Capital: 30 minute drive. Sacramento is full of first class restaurants, cultural and other activities which many students visit while staying at the school.
  • Downtown Plymouth (grocery store, gas stations, major banks, restaurants and wineries (nearby): 4 miles from the school.
  • Other: Within 20 minutes from the school there are movie theaters, fast food restaurants, major banks, Wal-Mart, Target and any other convince you may need.
  • Founder and Vice President/Spokesperson for the American Farrier's Education Council
  • Chairman of the American Farrier's Association's Education Committee.
  • Top twelve vocational schools in California, California State Department of Consumer Affairs, Bureau for Private Post Secondary and Vocational Education.
  • Outstanding Educator, American Farrier's Association's.
  • Outstanding Farrier Education and Honorary Lifetime Membership, Nevada's Professional Farrier's Association
  • Outstanding Farrier Education, Washington State Farrier's Association
  • Outstanding Farrier Education,Western States Farrier's Association
  • Journalism Award, American Farrier's Association