Instruction includes shoeing the hoof, trimming, forge work, fieldwork and hands-on experience with horses. The course is designed as an introduction to horseshoeing and will provide the student with enough information to shoe their own horse.
Students are taught how to bend and shape shoes and to operate gas forges. Videos are used for proper demonstration of a mule and horseshoeing, and includes safety procedures. Instruction includes field trips to various stables and shoeing of privately owned horses. The course covers front shoe/back shoe, rocker toe, swedge blocks, and natural balance shoes.
Cost of Two Week Course:
Tools & Books: $925.00
Total number of hours in the course: 80 hours
Examination and Theory: 2 hours
Lecture and Forge Work: 10 hours
Shoeing and Field Work: 68 hours
GRADING AND SATISFACTORY PROGRESS
A minimum passing grade of 75% out of a possible 100% is required on all examinations and assignments. If a student scores below our high standards, we will work with him/her as much as needed until a passing grade is achieved. A student is dismissed by the school when it is clear that he/she is unable to satisfactorily acquire the knowledge and skills required to be a competent horseshoer.
Scoring as follows:
Shoeing Horse Test: 50% of grade
Forge Test: 25% of grade
Written Test: 25% of grade
REQUIRED TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES ARE PROVIDED BY NAHEF AND BECOME THE PROPERTY OF THE STUDENT AT SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF COURSE:
- 1 pair cutting nippers
- 1 rasp
- 1 pair pull offs
- 1 pair clinchers
- 1 pair clinch cutters
- 1 hook knife
- 1 nailing hammer
- 1 apron
- 1 round hammer
- 1 pair dividers
- 1 foot gauge
- 1 textbook
- 1 equine leveler
Cost of these items: $925.00
All other equipment and supplies, such as benches, forges, anvils, vises, shoes and nails are furnished by the school.