A Student in a Farrier Science class at Meredith Manor School of Horseshoeing.

Farrier Science / Craftsmanship VI

a farrier student trims a hoof

Course Name: Farrier Science / Craftsmanship VI

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Farrier Craftsmanship V

In Farrier Science / Craftsmanship VI students continue shoeing, and begin assisting with the lower levels of instruction to develop communication skills necessary for future dealings with customers and their horses. Concepts covered in this class are shoeing regulations, national farrier exams, certifications, and standards.

Weekly Topics:
Each week will include one day of theory and three days of practice. Using the horses from the school program will enable students to see the relationship between theory and practice. Theory will be based on the level of student progression using the text, Gregory's Textbook of Farriery by C. Gregory. The weekly content categories include:

Week 1-2: Review of content from Farrier Craftsmanship V as needed; continuation of forging techniques
Week 3-4: Principles of Support Shoes: Review limb balance concepts, Basic types of extension shoes, Application of extension shoes
Week 5: Shoeing Regulations: U.S.D.A. guidelines, A.S.H.A. guidelines
Week 6: Professional Farrier Associations and National Certification: Choosing an organization, Membership levels, Certification testing requirements and procedures, Review a sample test
Week 7-11: Forging Techniques and Practical Application
Week 12: Review and Final Exams

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of Farrier Craftsmanship VI, the student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a an understanding of more advanced concepts and principles of horseshoeing under ideal conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the concepts and practices from Farrier Craftsmanship V: business issues and strategies, foal foot care, diagnosis of lameness, and advanced forging techniques
  • Demonstrate an understanding of principles of support shoeing including limb balance concepts, basic types of extension shoes, and the application of extension shoes
  • Explain shoeing regulations & guidelines from major discipline organizations
  • Demonstrate knowledge of professional organizations related to Farrier Science and Farrier Craftsmanship
  • Demonstrate advanced forging techniques, & professionalism

In order for students to acquire the knowledge and skills of Farrier Craftsmanship VI, the instructor will use a variety of teaching methods including: expository learning, discussion, demonstration, & guided practice. Students will have extensive hands-on instruction using the 100+ horses that are involved in the school program.

Students will be evaluated on their knowledge and skills through teacher made tests, quizzes, mid-term test, and final exam - as well as student participation (horse handling and workmanship). Formative assessment and immediate feedback during lab activities will be used to guide the teaching/learning process and will allow students to monitor their progress throughout the course.

After completion of Farrier Craftsmanship VI, students will have the basic knowledge to test at a National Certification offered by any Farrier Association. Different farrier associations will have different requirments.

Thank you to all the wonderful staff at Meredith Manor! I am the assistant barn manager and head junior instructor at Concord Ridge Equestrian Center, a brand-new facility here in Southwest Michigan. I impress my bosses everyday with the knowledge I gained from my time at the manor! And I must say school was a breeze compared to my work load now! I'm very thankful to have been prepared for it and prepared correctly! Thanks once again :)
Rachel Cadle: 2010 Riding Master III Graduate