12 Week Professional Farrier Science Course
The twelve week course is designed for people who are interest 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 a prerequisite for our 24 week program which is designed to build on and further develop skills for American Farrier Association standards and certification.
Most importantly to you, the professional orientation of MSH assures you of practical knowledge, skills and values 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, biomechanics 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 and physiology of the anatomical structures of hooves.
Students will learn how to make horseshoes out of bar stock, how to turn and shape shoes, punch nail holes and fitting and placement of shoes. You will learn and make different types of horseshoes that can be applied to modern day shoeing practices.
Reading assignments are integrated with topical lectures to clarify and augment bottom line treatment, information to help you choose the best shoeing options.
12 Week Professional Farrier Course – 480 hours
Lab Fee 300.00
Introduction to Course 2 hours lecture
Anatomy of the Lower Limb 18 hours lecture
Function of the Physical Structures of the Limb 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 12 hours lecture
Manufactured Horseshoes 2 hours lecture
Professional Attitudes 4 hours lecture
Total 96 hours lecture
Forge Work 96 hours Lab
Field Work, Normal Shoeing, Corrective Shoeing,
Shoeing for Injury 288 hours lab/lecture
Total Forge Work 384 hours lab/lecture
Overall Total Hours 480 hours/lab/lecture
January 4 – March 25
March 28 – June 17
September 5 – November 29
January 2 – March 24
March 27 – June 16
August 28 – November 17