Advice for Farriers Who are Just Getting Started

Pictured Above: Continuing education should be a priority to help young farriers improve, says Ben Groves, a Willards, Md., farrier.


Completing farrier school represents a significant accomplishment. It also represents a significant step as a full-time professional and, most often, small business owner. You will face challenges that will test your resolve. The good news is that there are resources to help — your fellow farriers.

American Farriers Journal established the Rising Shoeing Star award program in 2008. This program recognizes farriers making incredible progress in their first 3 years after farrier school. In partnership with industry suppliers, the program highlights the importance of education and motivates new farriers to succeed.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Avoid stretching yourself too thin and pace yourself. It will negatively affect your family life and wear you down quicker.
  • An apprenticeship will be a tremendous benefit not only to improving your skills and knowledge but exposing you to clientele that can result in future business.
  • Don’t isolate yourself. Prioritize continuing education by attending conventions, clinics and asking questions of other farriers.

The 2019 program sponsors include G.E. Forge & Tool, Hawthorne Products, Nature Farms Farrier Supply, Texas Farrier Supply, R.J. Matthews Co., AIM Equine Products, Dechra Veterinary Products and American Farriers Journal.

This year’s winners are Ben Groves of Whaleyville, Md.; Breanne…

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