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Six Vital Things Students Must Learn in Horseshoeing School

Pictured Above: It’s important that students learn how to make and apply a variety of shoes including plain-stamped, sliding plates and bar shoes, as well as those that have calks and clips.

I have taught horseshoeing for more than 40 years to more students than anybody else ever has. Most of my graduates have gone on to shoe horses professionally and made a living for themselves and their families.

I have been acquainted with so many farrier teachers over the years and all of us have a somewhat different idea of what it means to teach horseshoeing. The following are my ideas of what you should learn at shoeing school.

1. Theory. You must learn the theory of horseshoeing and the physical and anatomical principles involved in farriery. It is not easy to learn, but it must be learned.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Learn horseshoeing theory, as well as equine anatomy before you leave shoeing school.
  • Know the shape of a “normal” horse’s hoof and appraise your work against that shape 6 weeks after the shoeing or trimming.
  • Become a knowledgeable and competent horseman and be able to teach horsemanship to clients.

2. Consistency. Your progress should be monitored daily while you learn the basics. You need to learn to look for and achieve balance and appropriate angles. You should learn the shape of more or less “normal” horses’ hooves and see how that shape applies to the individual hoof that you are working on. If you learn to get the trim…

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Jack Roth

Jack Roth of Purcell, Okla., is a member of the International Equine Veterinarian Hall Of Fame and the owner of the Oklahoma Horseshoeing School. He also owns MFC Horseshoeing Tools and Purcell Farrier Supply.

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