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What to Expect as a Student at PCHS

The first thing you can expect when you attend farrier school at PCHS is that we will expect you to be on time. The number one reason that people fire horseshoers is for not showing up on time. We instill the importance of timeliness in our students by beginning class at 8:00 sharp every morning. We expect our students to be in their seats and ready to learn.

When they wake up, get dressed, and whether or not they eat breakfast is up to them. Those are decisions that they get to make in life, but there are no excuses for coming into class late.

We want our students to arrive ready to take control of their lives. Your boyfriend or girlfriend back home, your horses, teachers, or other students have no bearing on your attitude. Only you can be in charge of creating an experience you will enjoy.

One of the best things our students can do to succeed at PCHS is to ask for help when they need it. We are here to help you succeed, but we aren’t mind readers. Our best students take control of their educational experience in the program.

Most of the skills we teach our students require a LOT of practice. The only way to get better is to practice lots of repetition. Students who don’t put in the work don’t get to complain about their scores.

If you're worried about looking foolish or trying to avoid embarrassment, you're not learning. You have to set aside your pride and show up ready to make mistakes and learn from them.

Our students are responsible for the attitude that they bring into the school. No one can control everything that occurs all day long. The only thing we can control is how we react to what happens in our lives. We train our students not to waste a lot of time being upset.

Mistakes are part of the educational experience. You never learn from doing it right. You only learn from mistakes. When our students make an error, we don’t allow temper tantrums or sullen attitudes. Instead, we move on with the resolve to get better and the knowledge that we learned from the mistake.

We don’t hand out rewards every time our students shoe a horse or make a horseshoe. That's simply what they're supposed to do. When our instructors evaluate student work, their job is to see what's wrong with what they did to help them improve. Feedback or criticism is never punishment. It’s always an opportunity to get better.

We don’t encourage our students to embrace perfection because that stops them from moving forward and prevents them from learning. Perfectionists have to make sure step 1 is perfect before they move on to step 2, and there is always some way they can make step 1 better so there they stay. The perfectionist and the lazy person end up in the same spot at the end of the day. Neither got the job done.

At PCHS, we expect our students to complete the job. Once it’s complete, we evaluate it, and the next time they get better, and the time after that they get even better. That progression continues until graduation.

Our program has a series of examinations, different than most of our students have ever seen. Our tests are not punitive. They’re to let you know whether or not you understand everything that we’ve presented to you because that’s what you’re paying for.

We don't pass or fail anyone. We’re just scorekeepers. It’s our students' effort and their work that determines their score. Every student can track and know their scores, so there aren’t any surprises at the end of the block.

Bob, Tiffany, and Jonathan are all committed to our student’s success. PCHS can’t exist if our students don’t succeed when they leave, so we are here to do everything we can to make that happen, as long as our students are working hard alongside us.

Our job is to make you a functional farrier. So when you get out of school, you can ride in someone's truck as an apprentice or start your own practice if you don't have an apprenticeship available to you. We’re here to help you have a great experience. Apply Now