Open-mindedness, curiosity and work ethic are paramount in a good apprentice because they spark great teaching moments and fuel the mentor’s desire to instruct.

4 Strategies to Overcome Early Hurdles

The graduation ceremony is over. That unforgettable feeling of finishing the first horse without the instructor’s help is still fresh. The former strangers who became close friends during the long days of learning and practicing must now go their separate ways. It’s time to head into the real world of farriery. Where do you start

These thoughts and feelings are normal for most newcomers. Once the reality sets in, the road to building a successful farrier business might not seem as easy as you once believed. It is indeed a very long road. Mastering farriery requires a lifetime of commitment to learning and self-improvement and these tips will help you overcome the initial challenges.

1. Continue Learning

Horseshoeing schools lay down the foundational skills upon which the real learning takes place through exposure to the trade. But newly learned skills, if not balanced by experience and proper guidance, can be a detriment to the horse and to your fledgling business.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Farrier schools teach foundational skills that are developed through exposure to the trade.
  • A new farrier should find a mentor who is willing to teach how to improve their skills.
  • Pursuing continuing education to improve your hoof-care skills is imperative to the success of your small business.

The absence of farrier standardization in many countries, including the United States, allows for numerous training opportunities ranging significantly in curriculum and duration. With such fierce competition and limited student financial aid, it is virtually impossible for schools to run a…

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Diego almeida

Diego Almeida

Diego Almeida, CJF (EE, FE, TE), AWCF, is an instructor at Midwest Horseshoeing School and provides farrier services for the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine.

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