In his shoeing program at Cornell University, Mike Wildenstein (CJF, FWCF, hon.) starts a new class every 4 months with four students. He told attendees at the 2010 International Hoof-Care Summit that he sees a transformation in his students as they get through the weeks. He thinks this transformation could be motivation for those who are hesitant about taking on apprentices. Your patience eventually translates to efficiency.

"The first few weeks are hell because they aren't sure what they should be doing or where they should be going," explains WIldenstein. "However, you see a transformation when the efficiency kicks in with them and they get it. It is amazing what it does for my attitude, the attitude of the horses and clients, too. Everything works like a well-oiled machine. I feel better at the end off the day and you'll be surpassed how many more horses you'll get though in a day when everyone is working together.

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