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The Importance Of Education And Apprenticeships


Pictured Above: A good farrier apprentice has a desire to learn, has personal integrity and masters the fundamentals of the trade and horsemanship.

It’s important for the farrier school graduate and the mentor to understand the definition of the word “apprentice” before either individual enters into a working relationship.

Many farriers just want an em­ployee, “another tool in their box,” so to speak — someone to clinch and finish or to trim 30 or 40 broodmares — and might not spend all day with the employee or work with them after-hours in the shop. If you want an employee, that’s easy. There are a lot of students who just need to make money and are happy where they are. However, hiring an employee is different than taking on an apprentice.

Webster’s Dictionary defines an apprentice as, “one who is learning by practical experience under skilled workers in a trade, art or calling.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • It’s important that the student doesn’t leave the apprenticeship early.
  • The education and training of farriers should incorporate a school and an apprenticeship.
  • Mentors often value personal integrity more than other attributes.

By this definition, an apprenticeship is a mutually beneficial relationship — a supervised educational time for the student with accountability from both parties.

The mentor has a responsibility to guide and teach, preferably with an end goal in mind — such as American Farrier’s…

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Mitch Taylor

Mitch Taylor, CJF, AWCF, APF, is owner of the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky. He is a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame.

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