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Career Advice From A Farrier Who Was In Your Place

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.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Build up your workload when you’re first starting your practice. That way, you won’t take on more expense than you can afford.
  • Don’t be afraid of leaving your comfort zone to get the farrier education you want.
  • View mistakes as learning experiences, and use those experiences to shape your career as a farrier.

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?

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Mollie Nelson

Mollie Nelson has been writing and editing professionally for over a year. A Wisconsin native, she is the Assistant Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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