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post #1 of 5 Old 12-13-2012, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Horse trimmer apprenticeship?

Not sure if this is the right place, but. I got a taste of horse trimming with my instructor, and despite the hard work, I really like it. I want to be one.

Is it possible to find an apprenticeship for this? Or does one need to go to a school? I like hands on work ratjer than being lectured at all day.
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-13-2012, 03:48 AM
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I'm not sure if you could do an apprenticeship which results in you having some sort of official certificate, like going to a farrier school would. However, I imagine if you ask around enough and find some creditable farriers, one would be willing to let you 'shadow' them for a period of time. However, they may not be able to give you 'hands on' work, due to the risk of the incorrect trimming/shoeing of a clients horse.
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-13-2012, 04:22 AM Thread Starter
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Oh I see.

Thank you!
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post #4 of 5 Old 12-13-2012, 08:28 AM
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It depends on the laws where you are. Some places require nothing a d you can literally read a book, buy some tools and advertise yourself as a trimmer or farrier. Most places do not check for farrier schooling or certification.

You need the background info in order to be able to trim correctly. You need to know how the hoof works. It's not just about making the hoof into a shape, but about working with all the parts of the horse.

If you're trying to do this as a job, and only want to barefoot trim, just to to school. It's like 2 weeks long for just trimming. Then read a few textbooks and apprentice for a while.
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My farrier was an apprentice in GA while he was there. So glad he came back home... he is fantastic!
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