A student in one of Meredith Manor Horseshoeing Schools horseshoeing classes.

Farrier Craftsmanship III

A farrier student

Course Name: Farrier Craftsmanship III

Prerequisites: Successful Completion of Farrier Craftsmanship II

In Farrier Craftsmanship III students begin working more independently with the objective of completing tasks. They continue using the forge to modify factory shoes and begin on basic handmade plates. Lectures are held on farrier science and basic business objectives.

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 II, as needed; continuation of forging techniques: measuring methods; handmade plates
Week 3-4: Specialized Forging Techniques; Tool Design and Use
Week 5-6: Research and Investigation: Student Projects; Student presentation of topics and analysis of student projects and presentations
Week 7-8: Balance and Movement of the Horse
Week 9-10: Concepts of Business related to Farrier Craftsmanship; Professionalism in Farrier Craftsmanship; Organization of time, stock, and records; financial and accounting issues; customer relations scheduling work, proper and professional conduct, appropriate dress; development of a basic business plan.
Week 11-12: Review of concepts, principles, and practices of Farrier Craftsmanship II and III; Final Exams

Performance Objectives:
Following successful completion of Farrier Craftsmanship III, 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 II: diseases of the hoof; laminitis; navicular disease, different types & classifications of shoes; basic forging techniques; specialized areas of shoeing, such as performance for gaited horses, race horses, and draft horses
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the following advanced concepts and describe their implications for the work of the farrier: advanced forging techniques, balance and movement of the horse, business related concepts, and professionalism
  • 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 Farrier Craftsmanship III, 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.

I graduated in 2000 and have had incredible success in the professional world due to the skills I've learned through MM. MM showed me the way to become part of a program and learn how to see an overall picture not just its parts.
Melissa Sliwa Humke: 2000 Riding Master VI Graduate