Class will be 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.  We will start in the classroom and move to the forge.  Safety glasses and apron must be worn at all times when in the forging area.  While at the forge horses will be brought in for trimming and shoeing.  We will also watch horses move to learn how to recognize gait, lameness and how a shoe effects the movement of a horse.  At the beginning of the 8 weeks there will be one horse per 2 students.  Based on the advancement of your skill we will work toward each student working with their own horse.

Week 1

Classroom:  Introduction to the school and curriculum.  Basic horseshoes and tools used to shoe a horse.   Construction and function of the hoof.  Basic anatomy of the horse's leg and hoof.

Forge:  Forge safety and tools used to work with steel.  Assignment of forge and tools.  Plain punched handmade front and hind shoe pattern.

Hands-on:  Basic horse handling.  How to position yourself under the horse.  Use of tools.  Pulling shoes and trimming feet.

Week 2

Classroom:  More detail about anatomy.  Function of tendons, joints and ligaments.  How the shoeing of a horse relates to how it moves. 

Forge:  Rocker toe front pattern and blocked heels hind pattern.

Hands-on:  Shoeing and trimming a horse with clips.

Week 3

Classroom:  Evaluating a horse’s conformation.  How to recognize, trim and shoe horses that are: base-narrow, narrow in the front, base wide, offset knees, toed-out, toed-in, base-narrow toed out, straight pastern and slopping pastern.

Forge: Front side clip shoe and hind quarter clip shoe.  How to modify a keg shoe for clips.

Hands-on:  Shoeing and trimming of horses using rocker toed and clipped shoes.

Week 4

Classroom: Continuation of conformation.  How to recognize, trim and shoe horses that are:  bow legged, knocked-kneed, base wide toed in, standing under, camped in front, calf knee, buck knee, cut out under the kneed, and tied in at knees, base wide behind, bow-legged behind, base narrow behind, narrow behind, cow hocked, sickle hocked, straight and camped behind.

Forge:  Plain front shoe with borium and square toe and trailer with quarter clips, hind pattern shoe.

Hands-on:  Assessing conformation, trimming and shoeing.

Week 5

Classroom:  Different types of lameness, their causes, signs, treatments and prognosis.  We will discuss abscess, angular limb deformities, arthritis, bog spavin, bone spavin, bowed tendon, bursitis, buttress foot, canker, capped hock, club feet contacted heels, contracted tendons, corns cracks, curb, epiphysitis flares, flat feet, hoof loss keratoma, laminitis, navicular, osselets, P3 fractures, pedal osteitis, popped knee and quittor. 

Forge: Front and hind pattern egg bar shoes, drilled and tapped.

Hands-on: Using hoof testers, trimming and shoeing.

Week 6

Classroom: Continuation of lameness.  We will discuss ringbone, scratches, sesamoiditis, sheared heels, shin buck, shoe boil, sidebone, splint, stifle lameness, suspensory sprain, thoroughpin, thrush, upper fixation of the patella, weak flexor tendons, white line disease, windpuffs, wobbles, yeast infection and white line disease.

Forge: Straight bar front pattern shoe with pad and a hind pattern shoe with lateral heel extension.

Hands-on: Trimming and shoeing.

Week 7

Classroom:  We will discuss causes, signs and treatment of the following faulty gaits:  forging, overreaching, front limb interfering, hind limb interfering, winging out, scalping, cross firing, toe dragging, speeding cutting, elbow hitting.  We will go over shoeing techniques for different disciplines.

Forge:  Front pattern aluminum shoe with clip and slider shoe hind pattern.

Hands-on:  Resection and when they are needed, proper use of rotor tools and hoof reconstruction using acrylic hoof repair materials.

Week 8

Classroom:  We will discuss bookkeeping, advertising and scheduling.  How to handle yourself professionally in any situation and  the positives and negatives of being self-employed.  Final exam: The hoof.  Basic anatomy of the horse's leg and hoof.

Forge:  Review and final exam. 

Hands-on:  Trimming and shoeing final exam.

Each student will receive the following tools:  Shoeing box, driving hammer, clinch block, apron, knife, rounding hammer, nippers, clinchers, shoe pullers, clinch cutters, nail pullers, rasp, hoof gauge and divider.  These supplies are included in the tuition price and are yours to keep at the end of school. 

Students will be responsible for keeping living space and their work area clean.  You will also be responsible for the care of the horses on site.