Curriculum includes learning hot shoeing horses, making and putting clip-on shoes and natural balance shoes, and training for working with problem horses, plus many more advanced techniques and procedures involving all aspects of shoeing for qualification as a farrier.
Students also go on field trips to various guest ranches to shoe horses. They are required to hand-make the following shoes; front shoe, block toe shoe with side clips, bar shoe, toe clip and outside trailer calk, & natural balance shoes.
Cost of the Eight Week Course:
Tools & Books: $925.00
Total number of hours in the course: 320 hours
Examination and Theory: 8 hours
Lecture and Forge Work: 30 hours
Shoeing and Field Work: 282 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.