Students at Meredith Manor Farrier School are prepared for successful farrier careers.

Farrier Craftsmanship I

A farrier student

Course Name: Farrier Craftsmanship I

Prerequisites: None

Farrier Craftsmanship I is an introduction to shoeing. This class is geared to all horse individuals. Students evaluate shoeing jobs, learn proper trimming, shape factory shoes, and start the nailing process. The science portion of class covers the basic anatomy of the hoof and limb.

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: Introduction to the Farrier Industry
Week 2: Farrier Stances and Horsemanship
Week 3: Rebalancing and shoeing a straight, sound riding horse: tools and skills; trimming techniques; selecting, shaping, and fitting cold shoes; nailing and finishing techniques
Week 4-5: Understanding the structure and function of the horse's limbs: hoof structure; bones and joints; tendons and ligaments
Week 6: Horseshoeing heritage
Week 7-9: Shoeing according to conformation: principles of corrective shoeing; foot conformation types; limb conformation types; gaits
Week 10-12: Shoeing according to unevenness or to lameness: lameness of foot; lameness of the limbs; principles of therapeutic shoeing; review and final exams

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

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of horseshoeing in ideal conditions
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the following concepts: Rebalancing and shoeing a straight, sound riding horse; the horse's limbs; history and development of horseshoeing; the relationship between shoeing and conformation; showing for unevenness or lameness; and specialized shoeing
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform routine horse shoeing and follow-up on school horses
  • Describe appropriate approaches to the maintenance of school horses

In order for students to acquire the knowledge and skills of Basic Principles of Horseshoeing, the instructor will use a variety of teaching methods including: expository learning, discussion, demonstration, and guided practice. Students will have extensive hands-on instruction using horses that are used 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.

Meredith Manor completely changed my life. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for the instructors, teachers, and horses at MM. They gave me the skills and the knowledge to be a confident rider and trainer out in the horse industry and I'm excelling on my own with the tools they have given me.
Samantha Capoferri: 2007 Riding Master VI Graduate