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Completing farrier school is an event that sparks transformation: a former student suddenly becomes a professional farrier, and from there, often progresses to being a small business owner. The first few years can bring many challenges, but also insight gained through experience. Stanley Mullen of Selwyn, New Zealand, is familiar with this, having graduated in 2015 from the Kentucky Horseshoeing School in Richmond, Ky.
American Farriers Journal established the Rising Shoeing Star award program in 2009. This program recognizes farriers who are making incredible progress in their first 3 years after farrier school.
Mullen was awarded first place in the 2018 Rising Shoeing Star program. His hoof-care career began when his farrier asked whether he wanted to help him out once a week. In this article, he offers advice for new farriers who are going down the same route he took.
Q: What were the major obstacles you faced getting started and how did you overcome them?