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A FARRIER is a specialist in equine hoof care. This unique trade includes the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on the horses' hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith skills along with some veterinarian skills to care for the horse's feet.
NOTE: In order for the learning and training process to be more effective when taking our courses, we ask that our students have a good sense of horsemanship background. Your physical ability plays a very important role on learning this trade. When you are working with these unpredictably large animals on a daily basis, we need for you feel comfortable around them.
Student applicants accepted into FARRIER U should expect to receive a "Study Guide" packet, along with their Acceptance Letter, prior to their course start date. We encourage you to review this packet prior to attending FARRIER U. This study guide is to help prepare students to be familiar with commonly used farrier terms and their definitions, the horse's anatomy and parts of the hoof from different angles. Students will receive additional educational learning and training material, along with taking written quizzes, throughout the duration of the course to prepare you for your final exams.
COURSES SCHEDULE: Courses are in session Monday through Friday and begin promptly at 8:00 am. Students please plan to commute to other barns to work on a variety of horses as well as those on school premises. Farrier U provides transportation for commuting back and forth.
PART-TIME COURSES: We offer a part-time course for the Professional Farrier Course. This is offered as a "2-Session Program" and must be completed within a three month period (12 weeks). Each of the 2 sessions are scheduled for two weeks at a time. The "farrier tool package" is not included in our part-time course program; However, it is available for purchase.
TESTING: Students will take oral and written quizzes from time to time throughout the course and must pass the Final Written Exam and a Live Shoeing Test in order to pass the course.
COMPLETION OF COURSE: Once students have completed and passed the 4-week course (part-time included), students are awarded with a "Certificate of Completion", a Photo ID, a Farrier Tool Package (obtained during the course) and all financial and literary documentation for their records. All student records are kept on file for review, if needed. Students also have the option to be listed on the "List of Farriers" page on our website with their contact information for potential business. A "List Of Farriers" form is issued to the student in their completion packet once he/she has completed and passed the Professional Farrier Course (4-week course). Once this form is completed and returned to our office, the applicants contact information is posted on our website.
DRESS CODE: No open toed shoes are allowed. Shorts, skirts and sleeveless t-shirts are not to be worn while attending class. This dress code is enforced for your own safety and protection - also makes for a comfortable learning experience.
DEPOSIT: A $250.00 deposit must be submitted with each completed Student Application Packet in order to reserve their scheduled course. This deposit is non-refundable unless a student applicant is denied. If a student's application is denied, the applicant will be contacted immediately and their deposit will be returned/refunded to the applicant within ten (10) business days. For students who have submitted their application yet are unable to attend on their scheduled course, he/she is asked to contact the office as soon as possible to reschedule. This allows us the opportunity to replace with another student applicant in the event of an inquiry.
PAYMENT: Student's tuition, minus the $250.00 deposit, is due on the first day the student arrives to FARRIER U. If student is unable to submit balance in full on the first day the student arrives, the student will be sent home and will be required to reschedule their course for a later date. If this occurs, student is required to complete a "Student Application Addendum along with a $250.00 deposit to reserve a future course, waiving his/her rights to use of their initial $250.00 deposit towards their tuition - no refunds. All cashier's checks and money orders are to be made payable to EMMET STEVENS HORSESHOEING. Personal checks accepted for $250.00 deposit only. We accept VISA and MASTERCARD. No credit card checks or personal checks accepted.