Reach Your Full Potential Through Continuing Education

Commitment, consistency and accountability will help you achieve your goals in improving your skill and knowledge as a farrier

Pictured Above: When you are looking to improve, work with a mentor who has been through the same challenges you are facing. Farrier Sam Olsen works with Dick Becker on building a bar shoe

First In A Series

This article is the first of a three-part series on strategies for furthering your footcare education as a farrier. The next article will be in the July/August issue and focus on improving studying theory and anatomy.

I believe it is a tragedy if farriers don’t continue to learn. I am grateful that I have recognized that one’s skill level can and must continually improve — especially when I look back over my own difficult experience.

Yet, there are no defined or required policies for established farriers to continue their education. For example, after leaving the scheduled environment and curriculum at farrier school, how would that new farrier continue to learn and improve skill? After all, the farrier school experience should only be the foundation of getting started.

Nonetheless, there are many conferences, clinics and competitions available. But how can you prepare to get the most out of these events and then return and apply what you have learned to your business? This is critically important when one considers the time and financial investment made in pursuing various avenues of continuing education.

I was fortunate to grow up in the farrier industry with some incredible opportunities. However, things did not come naturally, and I struggled to achieve my own individual skill level. It…

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Jacob Butler CJF, AWCF

Jacob Butler is a certified journeyman farrier and an associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He is the Director and an instructor at Butler Professional Farrier School LLC, located near Chadron, Neb. For more information, visit his website, call (308) 665-1510 or email at

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