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FARRIER U is a private trade school located in Dade City, Florida, sitting on the Northeast corner of beautiful Pasco County. Established in 2004, FARRIER U is family owned and operated. Our courses are kept small and accelerated for our students to gain the maximum training under the guidance and instruction of Emmet Stevens, Sr. He instructs all students first-hand. Our students are fortunate to witness Emmet's excellence in performance on all types of horses ranging from backyard horses all the way up to the World Class Show Horses. Emmet is well-known for his methods in performance, his knowledge on the anatomy of a horse and the way a horse should move. His keen sense of horsemanship also enables him to have good judgment of a horse which helps him to anticipate the horse's next move. He takes PRIDE in the skills and techniques that he owns and has mastered over the years and encourages all of our students to set goals to accomplish this same pride for themselves.
OUR MISSION is to train and educate individuals in the field of farriery. Students will learn to assess, treat and maintain the health and soundness of horses. We strive in preparing our students to be a self-employed farrier with values of honesty and integrity.
Senior Educator, Emmet Stevens, Sr.
Emmet Stevens is a professional farrier and horsemen with much experence in the equine field. His horsemanship skills, techniques and talent have come from many years of working with horses. Emmet has been around horses and in the horse business most all of his life. He is a second-generation farrier. As a child, Emmet would tag along as his father paid visits to horse owners and kept the animals footwear up to date. His father was training, shoeing and showing horses well before Emmet was even born - Emmet was brought up in an equine environment which reflects his horsemanship.
In his early 20's, he rode and galloped an estimated 200 horses a week for seven years. He then worked cattle on horseback, trained problem horses and showed pleasure/halter horses. Emmet's love of horses, and of being around horses, is what inspired him to become a professional farrier by trade.
After attending farrier school in the early 90's, Emmet apprenticed with a few well-known farriers in Central Florida, who were also accomplished horsemen. He rode with these farriers to gain their valuable expertise and to get the additional hands-on training and experience that otherwise would have taken years to develop. Now with his many years of horsemanship skills applied to his farrier skills, he has become one of the top farriers in Central Florida, and for this, he is passing his skills and special techniques down to individuals who are interested in becoming a professional farrier by trade.
~ Expect to learn the skills & techniques of mastering this trade ~
- Learn the anatomy and physiology of the horse's leg and hoof
- Learn to balance, trim and shoe a horse's hoof
- Get hands-on experience for Specialty and Therapeutic Shoeing
- Learn how to fix problems with distorted hoofs
- Bring back proper hoof balance with Corrective Shoeing
- Learn hoof repair techniques and skills to bring the horse's hoof back to its natural angle
- Learn to evaluate a horse's condition
- Learn to determine if the shoeing process of the hoof is adequate for the horse's condition
- Forge work - Learn hot and cold shoeing
- Guidance on how to start and maintain your business
Instructors guide our students on how to obtain and keep a professional and trusting relationship with their clients. Educating on the importance
of keeping horses on a regular servicing schedule ranging every 4 to 6 weeks, depending on the horse's activity and their hoof care needs.