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post #11 of 16 Old 08-20-2014, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think that's how OHS works. They always have advanced students in there, but that's only so people getting their horses worked on can know they will have competent people working on their horses. They make no mention of students teaching students... And I tend to believe the word of one of the only successful farriers in the state.
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I am very familiar with both the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School in Purcell and the Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School in Ardmore. I would take the Ardmore school any day over the one in Purcell. We have used them for much of the 30 years we have trained here. And yes, the Oklahoma shoeing school in Purcell starts new students every 2 weeks (maybe every week) on Mondays and the students that have been there for a while are the ones trying to teach the new ones.

The school in Ardmore puts you through a 6 week very intense course where you are under horses every day after the 3rd or 4th day. You do a lot of hoof problems and work a lot with a Vet. Every time I am there, they are working on some sort of pathological problem feet. The main instructors are 2nd and 3rd generation (I started there when their father / grandfather was still living). Their grandfather started the school in 1975. They are Certified Journeyman farriers and have won a lot of competitions. The classes are small and most horses are shod hot. They do a lot of drafts and the grandson has shod a lot of gaited horses and still shoes a lot of competitive barrel horses. So you can go any direction. Here is their website Horseshoeing School | Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School

What I really like about them is that they let you come back any time for any amount of time to advance and refine your education with no tuition charges at all. I keep seeing some of the same people there that were students several years ago. They come back to 'tune up' for tests or competitions or to work on some specialty they are getting into.

They have really nice dorms and a very high instructor to student ratio.

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Hmmm, I had no idea there were two schools in OK. I wonder which one the farrier meant, though if I'd have to guess he probably meant the better one. I emailed the Kentucky school and they seemed really smug and dickish about how superior they were, not a good first impression, but we'll see.
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I don't think that's how OHS works.
This information came direct to me first hand from two different graduates, and one fellow who quot after two qeks, and then attended a different school.
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They always have advanced students in there, but that's only so people getting their horses worked on can know they will have competent people working on their horses. They make no mention of students teaching students..
. OF COURSE they are not going to mention that little fact.... that would not be very good advertising, would it?.
Don't you notice on their website that Dr Roth never says who his actual instructors ARE? I have heard lots of actual stories first hand from actual students who attended there .
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And I tend to believe the word of one of the only successful farriers in the state.
Some farriers manage to learn better despite whatever school they went to. Like I did .AND a lot of very successful farriers are successful for the wrong reasons, in regards to the long term soundness of the horses.
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sorry about typos in post 14 , it should say " one fellow who quit after two weeks". The site would not let me edit it.
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