School Policies

General Information and School Policies


Entrance Requirement:  Anyone, 18 years of age or older, with a desire to learn may apply for admission.  A high school diploma is not required.  Credit will be granted for previous education and training.  When credit is granted, the cost of the course will be reduced in an amount equal to the amount of credit granted.  Having some horse experience is desirable, but is not a requirement for admission.


Enrollment:  Enrollment application must be received by the school seven days prior to the beginning of class.  A registration fee of $300.00 must accompany all applications.  Each student will be notified in writing of his or her acceptance by the school.  In the event the student is not accepted by the school, all tuition, fees, or other charges will be refunded.  Enrollment is limited to 12 students per class, giving you and ideal student to teacher ratio.


Class Schedule:  Classes are offered 4 times each year.  Class meets 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.


School Calendar:  Classes are offered 4 times each year.  Please see back cover for current class schedule.


School Holiday:  New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the Friday following, Christmas Day and the weekday before and following.


Attendance:  Regular attendance is required for all scheduled classes, and is important to the development of your skill.  Legitimate absences may be made up by making arrangements with your instructor.  Excessive absences or tardiness may be the basis for student termination.  Any student missing three classes will be allowed to continue only with the approval of the instructor.


Student Progress:  All students must maintain a passing, or satisfactory grade while attending school.  A passing grade is considered to be a “C” or above.  Grade is based on your honest efforts, and a continuum of your developing skills at the forge and under horses.


Grading System

A   Excellent                  95 – 100%

B  Above Average         80- 94%

C  Average                     70-79%

D  Below Average         65 – 69%

F   Failing                      Below 65%


Progress Reports:  As a tenet of our educational concept, we feel strongly that you have the need and the right to know your standing at any time.  Progress reports are issued at regular intervals.  Students who may be having difficulty will have plenty of opportunity to obtain extra help.  We take you seriously, and we want you to succeed.  Chronic failure to meet school standards may be a basis for termination.  Students who withdraw, or are terminated, may re-enroll by making proper application.  In the event termination does occur, refund will be made in accordance with or refund policy as state in this catalog.


Student Conduct:  Students are expected to be a credit to themselves, and the school.  Any student may be dismissed for violations of school rules, or for conduct that reflects unfavorably on the reputation or safe operation of the school.


Diploma:  Diploma or certificate of completion is awarded to each student who successfully completes the course requirements.


Placement:  Farriers enjoy the independence of being self-employed professionals, no placement service is offered by the school.


Housing and Transportation:  We can make housing arrangements for you before you arrive.  Even is you do not make arrangements before you arrive, finding housing is not a hassle.  The school is located in a quiet area close to all the conveniences of the city, with plenty of private housing available to meet your needs.  The average rent for room is $125.00 per week.


If you do not have a vehicle while you are here, we can make arrangements for your transportation needs.  We will also meet you at the airport, bus station, or train depot.  We make you feel at home.


Complaints:  Complaints are to be brought to the attention of the executive secretary.  After appropriate internal investigation action will be taken.  In the event of unsuccessful resolution the student has the right to contact the office of MHESO.  As a student of this school, we are genuinely interested in your success, so you can expect a safe environment with a zero tolerance towards discrimination or gender harassment.

Minnesota School of Horseshoeing complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and all Federal regulations adopted to carry out such laws. This assurance is directed to the end that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, national origin (Title VI), handicap (Section 504), sex(Title IX, in education programs and activities only), or age (Age Discrimination Act) be excluded from participation in, to be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of the Signatory receiving Federal financial assistance or other benefits under statutes administered by VA (Department of Veterans Affairs), the ED (Department of Education), or any other Federal agency.


Licensing:  The Minnesota School of Horseshoeing is licensed as a private career school with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to Minnesota Statues, section 141.21 to 141.32.  Licensure is not an endorsement of the institution.  Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.


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