Farrier Training Programs

Meredith Manor offers two farrier training programs, a 12-week Shoeing Short Course and a 36-week Equine Science Master with Farrier Emphasis.


12-Week Shoeing Short Course

Our 12 week program is well suited for the student with some previous farrier knowledge and skills. Apply Online

Certificate Awarded: Shoeing Short Course
Time Required: 12 weeks (1 quarter)
Quarter Credits: 36
Curriculum: Farrier Craftsmanship I 8 hrs/week
Farrier Craftsmanship II 8 hrs/week
Career Area Elective (Training I recommended) 8 hrs/week
Horse & Barn Care 8 hrs/week
Farrier Working Case Study 4 hrs/week

36-Week Equine Science Master with Farrier Emphasis

Our 36 week program is more in depth with additional focus on anatomy, conformation, unsoundness, diseases, and forge work. Upon completion of the 36 week program, students will have the basic knowledge to test at a National Certification offered by any Farrier Association. Apply Online

Certificate Awarded: Equine Science Master  
Time Required: 36 weeks (3 quarters)  
Quarter Credits: 102  
  Farrier Craftsmanship I-VI 8 hrs/week
  3 Career Area Electives 8 hrs/week
  1 Theory 2 hrs/week
  1 Showing 3 hrs/week
  3 Horse and Barn Care (Management) 8 hrs/week

Recommended schedule by quarter:
Quarter 1: Farrier Craftsmanship I 8 hrs/week
Farrier Craftsmanship II 8 hrs/week
  Training I 8 hrs/week
  Theory I 2 hrs/week
  Horse & Barn Care 8 hrs/week
Quarter 2: Farrier Craftsmanship III 8 hrs/week
  Farrier Craftsmanship IV 8 hrs/week
  Forging 8 hrs/week
  Showing I 3 hrs/week
  Horse and Barn Care (Management) 8 hrs/week
Quarter 3: Farrier Craftsmanship V 8 hrs/week
  Farrier Craftsmanship VI 8 hrs/week
  Equine Massage Therapy 8 hrs/week
  Horse and Barn Care (Management) 8 hrs/week

Other Career Area elective options: Leather Working I, Horse Health, Equine Business Management, Equine Breeding, Teaching I, or Training II



Program Objectives

Equine Science Master

Following successful completion of Equine Science Master Program, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. an understanding of the concepts and principles of the required & career area courses
  2. the skills required for the chosen career area that pertain to employment in the horse industry
  3. a realistic perspective of knowledge and skill levels related to career areas completed
  4. dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry.
  • Farrier: ability to apply concepts to the assessment of the foot care needs of the horse & perform skills of trimming, shoeing, & maintenance of the foot; ability to recognize diseases of the hoof, determine appropriate types of shoes for different purposes, & apply forging techniques.

Shoeing Short Course

Following successful completion of the Shoeing Short Course, the student will demonstrate an understanding of concepts, principles, skills, & dispositions of the required and career area courses and be prepared to apply their learning to a career in the equine industry. The student will be able to:
  1. describe and demonstrate basic knowledge and skills for an entry level position in shoeing
  2. demonstrate a basic understanding of knowledge in the areas of Farrier Science, Farrier Craftsmanship, and forge work
  3. demonstrate dispositions (attitudes & values) necessary for success in a career in the horse industry
  4. describe a realistic perspective of his or her knowledge and skill levels in relation to career levels in the horse industry
  5. describe the 12 week program in relation to his or her levels of achievement and accomplishment, and future goals for success in the horse industry.

Disclosures
  1. Occupations programs prepare students to enter:
  2. Costs: 2013-2014
    Program Length Tuition Room & Board
    Riding Master I 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Riding Master II 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Riding Master III 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Riding Master IV 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Riding Master V 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Riding Master VI 12 Weeks $8,556 $1,263
    Comp. Riding Master III 36 Weeks $25,668 $3,789
    Comp. Riding Master VI 36 Weeks $25,668 $3,789
    Equine Science Master 36 Weeks $19,458 $3,789
    Shoeing Short Course 12 Weeks $7,074 $1,263
    Other Fees:
    • Breeding Class lab fee: $325
    • Teaching III lab fee: $30
    • Leather Working toolkit: $145
    • Leather Working lab fee: $225
    • Farrier Craftsmanship text: $105
    • Farrier Craftsmanship hoof knife: $34
  3. 2012-2013 On Time Completion Rate for students completing Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs: 84%
  4. 2012 Placement Rate for students completing Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs: 83%
    Placement Rate Data
  5. 2012-2013 Median Program Loan Debt incurred students participating in Comp. Riding Master III, Comp. Riding Master VI and Equine Science Master programs:
    • Median Title IV Loan Debt: $6,436
    • Median Private Educational Loan Debt: $0
    • Median Institutional Finance Plan Debt: $0
Gainful Employment Disclosures

I will always treasure the experience and education I received at Meredith Manor. To pass that along to students and horses has always been very rewarding, and I know it always will be as I watch former students pass this along to their students.
Caroline Brower: 1981 Riding Master III Graduate