Originally Posted by Clementine
There is so much to know about trimming hooves - books and videos probably won't cut it - go take a class, watch the pros do it, and maybe even see if one would let you tag along and be his/her assistant in exchange for mentoring.
A friend of mine went this route. He is an older teenager, and he was learning from the farrier before he could drive. He's done some of my horses and he's pretty good.
I think that working on many different horses under someone competent (not only as a farrier, but as a teacher, too) would be the way to go.
Will you let us know what you decide?