Minnesota School of Horseshoeing
10 week Entry Level Farrier Course
This course is designed for people who are interested in horseshoeing as a career.
Our purpose is to prepare you with the technical and business skills you will need to serve the horse industry.
This course is considered an entry level farrier science course which will provide you with the necessary skills to begin your horseshoeing career. Our twelve and twenty four week courses will go more in depth in the world of farriery. Most importantly to you, the professional orientation of MSH assures you of practical knowledge and skills and value you can effectively use to build your reputation as a respected farrier.
MSH is a forge-based program with the major emphasis on balancing horses’ hooves. You will be presented with a strong background in anatomy and physiology. Students will learn foot and limb anatomy, functions of the hoof, bones and joints, physiology, tendons of the limbs and sensitive hoof structures, bio-mechanics of the hoof and what constitutes a healthy or unhealthy foot. Students will learn the most effective horseshoeing treatments for lameness based upon a practical understanding of the functions of physiology of the anatomical structures of hooves. Students will learn how to make horseshoes out of bar stock. You will learn and make different types of horseshoes that can be applied to modern day shoeing practices.
Course of Study
Orientation 2 hours lecture
Anatomy of the Limb 18 hour lecture
Functions of the Limbs 12 hours lecture
Conformation of the Horse 12 hours lecture
Breeds of Horses 2 hours lecture
Principles of Hoof Reduction 8 hours lecture
Fundamentals of Normal Shoeing 12 hours lecture
Corrective Shoeing 12 hours lecture
Shoeing for Injury, Disease 8 hours lecture
Manufactured Horseshoes 2 hours lecture
Professional Attitudes 4 hours lecture
Forge Work, Hand Turned Shoes 75 hours lab
Corrective Shoeing 190 hours lab
Shoeing for Injury, Disease 60 hours lab
10 WEEK ENTRY LEVEL COURSE BOOKS AND TOOLS
Tools are available at the school store at competitive prices.
Text: Stashak, “Horse Owners Guide to Lameness”
Text: Butler, “Principles of Horseshoeing”
Text: Lungwitz: “A Textbook on Horseshoeing:
3 rasp handles Shoeing Apron
Hoof Nipper Fire Tong
Shoe Puller Clipping Hammer
1 Hoof knife Turning Hammer, 2.5 lb.
2 Hoof Rasps Fore Punch
Butcher Block Brush Pritchel
Driving Hammer Bob Punch
Dividers Center Punch
6” file Hoof Gauge
W-Brand Ruler Hot Rasp
Shop Forges Anvils
Benches with vice Gas and Arc Welding Equipment
Field Forges Hardy
January 4 – March 11
March 28 – June 3
June 20 – August 26
September 5 – November 11
January 2 – March 10
March 27 – June 2
June 19 – August 25
August 28 – November 3