What will you learn?

Introduction to Horseshoeing Course 

(Six Weeks or 288 clock hours)* This course is geared towards the individual that wants a refresher course or wants an introduction to the horseshoeing industry.


Anatomy & physiology of lower equine limb (40 hours)

Farrier industry history with product identification (5 hours)    

Business Practices - Farrier/Client and Farrier/Veterinarian relations(10 hours)

Independent Study & Practice (10  hours)

Shop safety  (5 hours)

Modifying pre-made shoes  (73 hours)

Horse Handling and Safety / Trimming (70 hours)

Incorporating forging skills at the horse learned during shop instr. (75 hours)

Conformation and gait analysis and evaluating soundness (5 hours)

Practice on skills learned under horse (42 hours)



Basic Horseshoeing Course

(Eight Weeks or 384 clock hours)* This course is intended for the individual that wants to get started in the farrier industry and plans to continue working with other farriers to get started in the industry.


Anatomy & physiology of lower equine limb (60 hours)

Farrier industry history with product identification (7 hours)    

Business Practices - Farrier/Client and Farrier/Veterinarian relations(20 hours)

Independent Study & Practice (20  hours)

Shop safety  (8 hours)

Modifying pre-made shoes and fabrication of hand-made shoes (70 hours)

Horse Handling and Safety / Trimming (90 hours)

Incorporating forging skills at the horse learned during shop instr. (60 hours)

Conformation and gait analysis and evaluating soundness (7 hours)

Practice on skills learned under horse (42 hours)              


Advanced Horseshoeing Course

(Twelve Weeks or 576 clock hours)* This course is geared towards someone wanting a career in the farrier industry and is willing to commit to a longer program. The individual graduating from this course will be able to slowly begin a farrier business and will be working towards certification.


Anatomy & physiology of lower equine limb (80 hours)

Farrier industry history with product identification (10 hours)

Business Practices - Farrier/Client and Farrier/Veterinarian relations (35 hrs)

Independent Study & Practice (29 hours)

Shop safety  (10 hours)

Modifying pre-made shoes and fabrication of hand-made shoes (110 hours)

Horse Handling and Safety / Trimming (80 hours)

Incorporating forging skills at the horse learned during shop instr.(130 hours)

Conformation and gait analysis and evaluating soundness (15 hours)

Practice on skills learned under horse (77 hours)


Journeyman Farrier Course

(Twenty-Four Weeks or 1152 clock hours)* This is the perfect course for the individual that wants to be a farrier and learn the right way to have a long term career in the horseshoeing industry. This is the recommended course for anyone that can commit to a 24 week program and would like success to be their number one priority.*


Anatomy & physiology of lower equine limb (100 hours)

Farrier industry history with product identification (20 hours)

Business Practices - Farrier/Client and Farrier/Veterinarian relations (55 hrs)

Independent Study & Practice (150 hours)

Shop safety  (15 hours)

Modifying pre-made shoes and fabrication of hand-made shoes (160 hours)

Horse Handling and Safety / Trimming (130 hours)

Incorporating forging skills at the horse learned during shop instr. (240 hours)

Conformation and gait analysis and evaluating soundness (45 hours)

Practice on skills learned under horse (237 hours)



Which course is best for YOU?

Students will train in three different aspects presented throughout the courses.  All three courses offered at FSHS will include: 



     Classroom Instruction (25%) including lecture/discussion, video presentation, quizzes,               and testing.


     Forging Instruction and Practice (25%) including demonstration and hands-on                         instruction.


     Live Horse Trimming and Shoeing (50%) including demonstration and hands-on                     instruction.



**Hours are an estimation and will be flexible depending on the needs of the students.