Classroom instruction consists of lecture, PowerPoint presentations and video. Includes topics such has horseshoeing theory and practice, anatomy, movement, lameness, business fundamentals, client management and ethics.
Forge demonstrations are performed by expert instructors. Students practice techniques with instructor oversight and assistance. Students practice forging handmade shoes from bar stock and making modifications to factory made shoes. Each week focuses on a different type of shoe which students create and submit for evaluation.
Students work on live horses to practice trimming and hot shoeing. While we will discuss and demonstrate techniques to work with difficult horses, we do not bring unbroken, ill- mannered horses to the school to be 'cowboyed' — you will learn to be a professional farrier not a horse wrestler.
*PLEASE NOTE: Subject matter and the weeks they are presented may vary from block to block. Shoeing and trimming horses takes priority with forge work and classroom worked around horses.
The 8 week course is $6500.00. A $250.00 deposit is required to hold a spot in class. The balance of $6250.00 will be due on the first day of class and is fully refundable if you decide, by the end of day 5 of the first week of class, that horseshoeing is not for you.
Every student is assigned a complete set of hand-tools. All tools will be returned the last day of the program. During the program we will visit the largest farrier supply house in the region so that you may shop for and purchase your own tools, if you wish.
All written exams may be taken orally. Students are graded on classroom, forge and shoeing. Final exams will be conducted on week 8. A forge final exam, a written (oral) exam and a horseshoeing exam.
We keep class sizes small to ensure a high degree of personalization and one-on-one student assistance. Classes typically average 12 to 14 students with a maximum of 20. We use only expert instructors with experience as professional farriers and do not rely on inexperienced "student" instructors.
The classroom offers free WiFi. Bob has one of the largest horseshoeing libraries in the world! It includes over 180 books on Horseshoeing, Blacksmithing, Lameness and Conformation and over 110 trade related videos which are available to students, on request, to supplement classroom learning. The classroom is open for extra student work from 24/7. The forge area is open from 7 AM to 8 PM seven days a week.