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post #1 of 24 Old 09-25-2010, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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Wink How to become a farrier

I was wondering what a person would need to do to become a farrier? I don't know alot about horses, but would love to trim their hoofs, and whatever eles you may do. Can anyone help me out?
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post #2 of 24 Old 09-25-2010, 09:52 PM
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Ask Indyhorse. She took a course for it and is the farrier for my girls and she does a FAR better job than any of the farriers I had come across before her!

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In Oklahoma, we have a state horseshoeing school. lol. but some of the farriers around just read lots of books, bought the tools, and started themselves.

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Originally Posted by ChevyPrincess View Post
In Oklahoma, we have a state horseshoeing school. lol. but some of the farriers around just read lots of books, bought the tools, and started themselves.
LOL.. Sounds redneck!
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post #5 of 24 Old 09-25-2010, 11:29 PM
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you can go to school, or apprentise with someone - or do both of these options.
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post #6 of 24 Old 09-26-2010, 06:47 AM
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The best way to learn is to from a good, experienced farrier. Are you interest in trimming your own horse or others? If your own, I've found that good farriers are more than willing to spend time with you, teach you everything you need to know to start trimming your own horse, willing to check your work, give you feedback, and answer questions.
Years ago, our wonderful, old (70+) English farrier (50+ years experience) was trimming our mares and told me that I could easily do it myself. I was a bit concerned that I would mess up our mares' feet at first, but he taught me the basics, spent time with me, and felt comfortable that I was doing a good job. I've been trimming them for many years now, this has saved us a ton of $$s, and our mares are so used to me handling their feet that I can trim them without even being tied (They have to be patient since I'm not as fast as a pro). I would, however, still call a pro if I had a concern or they needed some sort of corrective trimming, since I have no experience with 'problem' feet.

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post #7 of 24 Old 09-26-2010, 07:08 AM
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A lot of farriers now have what school they went to on their business cards. I think the better option is to go to school and then apprentice with a well known of the ones who has a full card of clients and he is turning away people. IMO, this way is better because then you have the basics already and he won't need to show you as much, but you still have the opportunity to learn from someone who has a good reputation.

Link for Eastern US Schools: Farrier Schools; Eastern USA

Just going to throw this link up as well. It is for a school in Alberta, Canada but it is a diploma'd course : Farrier Science Diploma: Olds College

Oklahoma State: oshsintro

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The best farrier I had apprenticed. Knows more by far than anyone else I used. Love him!
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post #9 of 24 Old 09-27-2010, 12:21 AM
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Hey Jeff, I've been thinking about doing the same thing since I would love to get into a career with horses. Just be aware that it is very hard on a person. I don't know a single farrier that hasn't been kicked in just about every square inch of their body, it takes a toll on someone bending down like that all day long. But I'm planning to find a good farrier to apprentice under, doing as much research as I can on my own, and then finding some clients to get started with.
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post #10 of 24 Old 09-27-2010, 08:55 AM
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Another vote for attending a farrier school, if you are looking to make this a living, or apprenticing to a very good farrier in your area, as others have suggested.

While I appreciate the kudos, Amarea!! I don't consider myself a professional nor do I trim for horses other than those on my property. I don't have the experience to make this a profession. I also only do barefoot trimming, I do not shoe. I got my start with attending a one day clinic, researching a lot, reading many books and watching DVDs, as well as watching many other farriers work. Not enough of a start to get into the professional market, IMO. This is why I only trim my own horses (and those kept on my property.)

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