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Module 4: Intermediate Skills of the Horseshoer’s Craft (FAR 103)

Length: 54 hours

Module Prerequisite: Modules 2, 3 (FAR 101 and FAR 102)


Module includes shoeing front limbs; public relations/business management; health and fitness; forge fire/tool use; shoe-making/metallurgy; corrective shoeing/therapeutic shoeing principles, shoeing for navicular.


The student will be able to apply shoes to the front foot; shape shoe to fit foot; develop their own basic fitness plan; forge shoe from bar stock; identify various gaits and faults of gait; list the principles therapeutic shoeing; explain in layman’s terms what navicular is, the prognosis, and how to shoe for it.

Textbook: Principles of Horseshoeing

Method of Evaluation:

Assignments    5%

Quizzes           5%

Practical         20%

Portfolio          20%

Exam              50%

For a total of 100%. The module itself is worth 20% of the total course mark. The Portfolio and exam for all modules will be done at the end of the course for all modules.


The quiz will take place on-site, the practical work will be done at various barns and the on-site blacksmith shop.


Lecture, instructor led practical, classroom/lab, practicum and video.

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