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Program Outline

Skills Objectives

Unit Objectives

Training Location

Course Costs

Program Outline

Elements of Farrier Science is a course designed to introduce students to the basic skills needed to shoe a horse using both theory and practical applications. Students will foster an understanding of both the mechanics and anatomy of the horse as well as the care and use of the tools related to the job. This activity based program is a 8 week course of study, allowing the student to participate in and practice shoeing and trimming methods. The program is taught by a recognized, AFA certified farrier who also holds a Bachelor of Education teaching degree and has owned and operated his own business (apart from farrier work) for 25 years.


Module Outlines

Module 1: Introduction to Occupational Health & Safety (OHS 101)

Module 2: Introduction to Horseshoer’s Craft (FAR 101)

Module 3: Basic Skills of the Horseshoer’s Craft (FAR 102)

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

Module 5: Specialized Skills of the Horseshoer’s Craft (FAR 104)

Module 6: Specialized Skills of the Horseshoer’s Craft (FAR 105)

Skills Objectives

This deals with a basic understanding of farrier science and applying the knowledge to everyday practical situations. The student will be expected to effectively and safely handle a horse, conduct themselves in a professional manner, trim a horse’s hooves, shoe it appropriately for its use, understand the parts and overall workings of a horse, while recognizing irregularities in movement and making appropriate adjustments for different situations. Successful students will proceed to their own desired work placement/self-employment opportunities.

Unit Objectives

Upon successful completion of the Elements of Farrier Science Course, students will have demonstrated machine/tool and horse safety; appreciation for farrier science and the role it plays in the horse’s well-being; and proper trimming and shoeing procedures.

Evaluation (Program Completion Requirements)

Assignments and Quizzes   10%

Practical Work                      20% (effort, attitude, attendance and journal)

Portfolio                                20%

Final Exam                           50% (written and practical)

A mark of 70% in the final exam is necessary for passing and no less than 60% in all other components. A certificate will be presented to successful students.

*Note: If a student fails to pass the final exam he/she may redo any or all aspects of it at $300 per attempt. Students will be expected to attend all school activities unless excused by the instructor.

Training Location Description

The majority of the work will be done at Camden Stables. Camden Stables is a riding facility where both english and western lessons are taught and horses are boarded and trained. It is complete with indoor and outdoor riding rings, a metal and woodworking shop, a shoeing room, and 24 horse stalls. The students will also be traveling to other facilities as the opportunities arise. Traveling with or bringing in other local and experienced farriers will also be part of the course. Travel arrangements will be made by the school.

Course Cost & Supplies List

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Tuition Payment Plan

Payment for books and equipment is due upon registration. There is a $100 non-refundable registration fee to be deducted from the tuition cost.  A tuition payment of $3250 (+HST)  is due upon registration with the balance of $3250 (+HST) to be paid after the first four weeks.

Tuition Refund Policy

• Program Prerequisites

  Grade 12 or equivalent.

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