Choose the Best — Choose Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School!

Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School is an award winning horseshoeing school with the highest quality facilities and instruction available. Our commitment to students' success, regardless of background or prior experience, has made us sought out by students worldwide. After 8 weeks of intensive learning and hands on experience, our students are well-prepared for their career as farriers.

Expert Instructors

Our instructors are or have been full time professional farriers. They have years of experience running a business and supporting their families by shoeing horses. They understand and teach not just the theory of excellent shoeing but what it takes to run a successful business and comfortably support their family.

Quality Curriculum

The curriculum was developed by Bob Smith and is the official Foundation Credential for the International Association of Professional Farriers. The instruction provides the students the information needed to take the Foundation Credential Exam with the International Association of Professional Farriers.

Unlimited Resources

Practice is a critical component to getting the maximum benefit from shoeing school. All students have the opportunity to practice beyond school hours. The forge area is open from 7am to 8pm, seven days a week. Access to the classroom video and book library is unlimited and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Safe Horses

Students' safety and learning environment are paramount at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School. We do not bring in rank, ill-mannered, dangerous horses for students. You cannot learn how to balance a moving foot! We are committed to providing good quality horses for you to practice your professional skills.

Sponsored by IAPF

Our educational program is sponsored by the International Association of Professional Farriers (IAPF) which includes the American Association of Professional Farriers and the Canadian Association of Professional Farriers. IAPF is a non-profit business trade organization advancing the profession of horseshoeing. We are the IAPF’s sole educational partner in California, offering preparation for IAPF certification examination and continuing education for farriers.  All our students are members of IAPF upon enrollment in the program.


2024 Dates

Block 1: January 1 to February 23, 2024
Block 2: March 11 to May 3, 2024
Block 3: May 27 to July 19, 2024
Block 4: August 12 to October 4, 2024
Block 5: October 28 to December 20, 2024

2025 Dates

Block 1: January 6 to February 28, 2025
Block 2: March 17 to May 9, 2025
Block 3: June 2 to July 5, 2025
Block 4: August 11 to October 3, 2025
Block 5: October 27 to December 19, 2025


Without sounding like a suck up, and you know that's not me. I really want to say thank you from the bottom of my soul. The eight weeks at your perfect school went by so quickly I hardly had time to settle in before my time was over. Your patience and knowledge was so over whelming and so giving I wish there was more for me to get from you.

Michael Bryan, Oregon

I really want to thank you for the education you gave me. I feel like I'm already making something of my life, while my friends are without a clear idea of what they're going to be doing the rest of their lives. I know that horseshoeing is going to be a critical part in my life plan, regardless of the people out there who think I should be doing something more 'feminine'. There are no better teachers out there…you guys rock!

Marijke Ellert, California

Yesterday was my 90th day back home from CA. I am very grateful for what I have learned from you, & I brought home the habit of doing something to improve your business everyday. That alone is paying off big time.

Steve Schneiderman, Colorado

Attended in 2009 with a Ph.D in mech. Engineering in my bag—best decision I ever made.

Peter Astrom, Sweden

Thank you for giving me the know how to become a good Farrier. Because of your school I was able to turn a lame horse into a two time Tevis Cup winner.

Jeremy Reynolds, Florida

I just wanted to drop you and Chuck a note to say 'Thanks' for the education. I learned a lot more than I thought I did. I never thought I'd see some of the things that we talked about in class out here, but I've been surprised. I've even come across club feet and suspensory sprains. I've been able to talk to clients about their horses' problems and address their questions and concerns fairly intelligently.

Dottie Packard, Wyoming

When people ask me how I'm doing, I love to reply 'I'm living the dream baby…I'm living the dream.' That's no lie either. I really feel like I'm living the dream.

Robert Falk, California