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Individual Requirements

Native American Horse Education Foundation believes that prospective farriers should have certain characteristics and personality traits if they are to be successful. You need to like working with your hands, enjoy being outdoors, and love animals. You also must possess patience and determination.

Students must be able to read and write in English.

Students under 18 years of age must have signed approval to attend school from their parent or guardian.

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What it Takes To Become A Shoer

Physical Condition

Most of our students are in fairly good shape, considering that they have not done any horseshoeing before. We don’t know of any exercise you can do to prepare yourself for shoeing. Most students legs and backs get sore for about a week, but then there are no more problems.


First of all, you need a fondness for horses. You must also like to work with your hands and to be outdoors. All of your work will most likely be outdoors. Patience and even temperament are essential in handling horses. You need patience when a horse is not cooperating with you. You need the patience to find out what is wrong with the horse. Even temperament means not striking the horse with your hammer or rasp when he will not let you shoe him, but keeping a cool head and using some sort of restraint like a twitch, war bridle, or side line. Remember, 95% of horses are good to shoe, 5% are bad. Much more can be accomplished with gentle persuasion and kindness towards the animal than with abusive treatment.


    1. Classes are held daily, 8 am to 5 p.m. five days a week.
    2. Each farrier student will receive a Certificate of Completion for each course completed with satisfactory grades.
    3. Purchase of the textbook, The Principles of Horseshoeing, by Doug Butler is recommended.
    4. Necessary tools and accessories are available at the school. You may bring your own if you desire. Required tools:
      • 1 pair cutting nippers
      • 2 rasps
      • 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
      • 2 textbooks
      • 1 clinch block
      • 1 equine leveler

Cost of these items: $825.00. All other equipment and supplies, such as benches, forges, anvils, vises, shoes and nails are furnished by the school.

Students under the age of 18 must have an approval of parent or guardian.
Special Cases: In a case of prolonged illness, accident, death in the family or other circumstances. The student can finish the course at a later date, which is convenient for him/her.

The Student Understands

  1. The School does not accept credit for previous education, training, work experience (experimental learning), or CLEP.
  2. The School does not guarantee job placement to graduates upon program/course completion or upon graduation.
  3. The School reserves the right to reschedule the program start date when the number of students scheduled is too small.
  4. The School will not be responsible for any statement of policy or procedure that does not appear in the School catalog.
  5. The School reserves the right to discontinue any students’ training for unsatisfactory progress or failure to abide by School rules.
  6. Information concerning other Schools that may accept the School’s credits toward their programs can be obtained by contacting the office of the President. It should not be assumed that any programs described in the School catalog could be transferred to another institution. The School does not guarantee the transferability of credits to a college, university or institution. Any decision on the comparability, appropriateness and applicability of credits and whether they should be accepted is the decision of the receiving institution.