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Horseshoeing Course (2 weeks)

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.

Course Outline:

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:
Tuition: $2,700.00
Tools & Books: $925.00
Total: $3,625.00

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.