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Farrier Class

$35 per class From $25 per visit with Seminar Series - 4 Classes pass A credit card is required to enroll but isn't charged until the time of service.
Classes will be Friday evenings.
$35 each or $100 for four.

Farrier Classes are designed for horse people of various levels to learn more about care, management and function of hooves - essential knowledge for all owners and riders.

Three levels of farrier classes are available:

Farrier 1.0 - Form to Function: Introduction to Farrier Concepts for Owners and Riders
  • Target Audience: Owners and Riders of any Level age 13+
  • Horsemanship Skills Learned: Properly Picking Feet, Lameness Identification, Pulling Shoes, Rasping Flares
  • Tool Skills Learned: Hoof Testers, Rasp, Crease Nail Pullers, Pull Offs
  • Additional Learning Topics: Anatomy, Hoof Dissection Analysis, Farrier Tool Names and Function, Hoof Trim Concepts, Shoe Types and Uses, Hoof Hydration, Abscesses and Palmer Angle Lamenesses, Therapeutic Shoeing, Glue on Shoeing.

Farrier 2.0 - Wack and Tack: In Depth Farrier Concepts and Emergency Shoeing Skills
  • Target Audience: Experienced Horse People with a foundation of hoof knowledge ready to learn Emergency Trimming and Shoeing Skills age 18+
  • Horsemanship Skills Learned: Nailing Shoes on a Horse and Emergency Shoeing, Lameness Identification, Basic Lameness Flexion Tests, Abscess Exploration, Basic Trim, Hoof Pad Application, Hoof Packing
  • Tool Skills Learned: Hoof Testers, Hoof Knife, Nippers, Rasp, Crease Nail Pullers, Pull Offs, Drill Press for Rivot Application.
  • Additional Learning Topics: Hoof Dissection, In Depth Anatomy, Farrier Tool Names and Function, Shoe Types and Uses, Hoof Hydration, Abscesses and Palmer Angle Lamenesses, Therapeutic Shoeing, Glue on Shoeing, Understanding Lameness Diagnostics such as Flexion Tests and Nerve Blocks.

Farrier 3.0 - Forge your Future: Farrier Apprenticeship
  • Target Audience: Experienced Horse People looking to become a farrier or shoe their own horses
  • Work alongside Jen in a 1:1 setting to gain experience and knowledge of shoeing horses. Over time develop the skills to be able to trim, forge, cold shoe and hot shoe under Jen's watchful eye.
  • The perfect prerequisite for enrolling in the Cornell Farrier School.
  • Apprenticeships are no charge, but require a specific commitment to longterm investment in skills.

“No Hoof, No Horse.”
Despite their size and strength, horses are notoriously fragile animals. Four slender legs and small hooves bear the horse’s full weight of hundreds of pounds. As a result, it is incredibly attention that anyone involved with horses pay particular attention to the care of their horses’ feet and hooves.

Whether you own a horse, ride a horse, or even just spend time caring for them, understanding the factors in hoof health (genetics, anatomy, environment, nutrition, care) can greatly change the health and potential of a horse.


Goals of the Farrier 1.0 Series:

The more you understand the function and motion of the hoof, the more you will be able to asses a horse:

  • anatomy and functions of the hoof and lower limb

  • how various shapes, sizes and ratios affect the movement of the horse

  • quality of the hoof

  • nutritional value

  • thin or thick walls

  • low heels

  • thrush & diseases

  • and more!

The series will teach you how to safely get under the horse while holding and managing the hoof and leg, remove shoes, and understand the functions of the tools used to care for horse's feet and basic rasp skills.

Each horse used will be assessed as an individual with demonstrations and explanations for the choices made and why. With over 40 horses in the barn there is a LOT that can be learned over the weeks of this class. All of our horses have different needs from barefoot to all-around shoes, arthritis and conformation concerns to athletic and able, young and old, gaited horses, drafts, quarter horses, thoroughbreds, ponies and even a mule!


A Riding Farrier’s Perspective

We are blessed at the Painted Bar Stables to have as our head instructor Jennifer VanDusen, Certified Farrier, as our in-house farrier.

Jennifer Marosek VanDusen, certified farrier, will be teaching the course. Jennifer has a Master's degree in education and also completed the certified farrier program at Cornell University. She is an expert in her trade and looks forward to sharing our horses hoof needs and biomechanics.

Many farriers only get to see the foot in the cross-ties at the beginning and end of a trimming cycle, never getting to see the balance of the hoof or the horse’s movement mid-cycle.

Over the past years Jen has had the rare opportunity to use our herd as case studies spending time at all points in their trimming cycle under them as a farrier, on them as a rider, and witnessing them from a distance as she teaches lessons both on arena footing and trails.

This unique perspective being able to see the effects of both her work and the progression of time on the hooves have given her a deep knowledge well beyond her farrier education and certifications.

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