Tucson School of Horseshoeing - Tucson, Arizona

Tucson School of Horseshoeing
Course Outline & Costs


Horseshoeing, Farrier School - Tucson Horseshoeing School
Tucson Horseshoeing School - Teaching farriers since 1973
Tucson School of Horseshoeing - Classes from 2 to 12 weeks
George Goode, Director of Tucson School of Horseshoeing
Horseshoeing School - Farrier Classes
Our Portable classrooms is available for horseshoeing clinics at your location
Testimonials from Tucson School of Horseshoeing Students
Application for Tucson School of Horseshoeing
Contact Tucson School of Horseshoeing.

The staff at Tucson School of Horseshoeing is please to announce a modified curriculum, which we believe will facilitate your goals toward becoming a qualified Farrier.  We realize that you may be considering a career change and because of job commitments, cannot take the required eight week course in consecutive weeks.  Therefore, we have broken down our course into two-week segments to satisfy your particular needs.  By contacting George Goode, you can complete the Farrier course at your convenience, stepping into a slot in the currently scheduled program, subject to availability. Our newly modified program will allow you more flexibility. Working within the scheduled curriculum dates, you can design you own program. The courses are broken into the following segments.

Horseshoeing Course (two weeks)
Instruction includes shoeing the hoof, trimming, forge work and field work.  Hands-on experience with horses, draft horses and mules.  The course is designed as an introduction to horseshoeing, and will provide the student with enough information to shoe on a part-time basis, while maintaining his/her present employment. Hands on experience
Course Outline:
Students are taught how to bend and shape shoes and to operate gas forges.  Videos are used for proper demonstration of mule and horse shoeing, and includes safety procedures.  Instruction includes field trips to various stables and shoeing of privately owned horses.  The course covers, (1) Front shoe/back shoe, (2) Rocker toe, and (3) Swedge blocks.   Students are graded at the end of the two-week session on shoeing, forging work, and a written test.
Total number of hours in course 80
Examination and theory: 2 hours
Lecture and forge work: 10 hours
Shoeing and field work: 68 hours
Plus 10 hours of after hours assignments
(after 5:00pm)
Cost of Two Week Course
Tuition:
Tools:
Books:
Bunkhouse:
$1,450.00
$659.05
$35.95
$0.00
Total Cost:  $2145.00

Schedule of Classes

Schedule of Classes 2015
Schedule of Classes 2016
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 5 Jan 16 Jan 4 Jan 15
Feb 2 Feb 13 Feb 1 Feb 12
March 2 March 13 March 1 March 12
April 6 April 17 April 5 April 16
May 4 May 15 May 3 May 14
June 1 June 12 May 30 June 10
July 6 July 17 July 5 July 16
Aug 3 Aug 14 Aug 1 Aug 12
Sept 7 Sept 18 Sept 5 Sept 16
Oct 5 Oct 16 Oct 3 Oct 14
Nov 2 Nov 13 Oct 31 Nov 111
Nov 30 Dec 11 Dec 5 Dec 16


Primary Horseshoeing Course (four weeks)
This is a very basic course for individuals who wish to have a part-time business or acquire shoeing knowledge for private stock.
 
Shoeing a horse
Course Outline:
Anvil and Forges are assigned; students are taught how to operate gas forges and how to make shoes from bar stock, including bending and shaping of shoes.  Videos are shown depicting the basics of horseshoeing, glue-on shoes, Founder Horses, punched egg bar shoes.  Field trips are included to various stables and ranches for hands-on shoeing experience.  Students make the following types of shoes:  Back shoes, front shoes, block heel, clip on shoes, roll toe, rocker toe shoes, trailer on shoes, square toe shoes Swedge Black Heel shoes and egg bar shoes.
Students are graded weekly and complete a written examination.
Total number of house in course: 160
Examination and theory: 4 hours
Lecture and forge work: 20 hours
Shoeing and field work: 136 hours
Plus 20 hours of after hours assignments
(after 5pm)
Cost of Four Week Course
Tuition: Tools: Books: Bunkhouse:
$2,900.00 $659.05 $35.95 $0.00
Total Cost:  $3594.00

Schedule of Classes

Schedule of Classes 2015
Schedule of Classes 2016
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 5 Jan 30 Jan 4 Jan 29
Feb 2 Feb 27 Feb 1 Feb 26
March 2 March 27 Feb 29 March 25
April 6 May 1 April 4 April 29
May 4 May 29 May 2 May 27
June 1 June 26 May 30 June 24
July 6 July 31 July 4 July 29
Aug 3 Aug 28 Aug 1 Aug 26
Aug 31 Sept 25 Aug 29 Sept 23
Oct 5 Oct 30 Oct 3 Oct 28
Nov 2 Nov 27 Oct 31 Nov 25
Nov 30 Dec 25 Dec 5 Dec 30

 


Farrier Course (six weeks)
(1)  The Anatomy and Physiology of the Legs and Feet.
 
You will learn to recognize and name the parts, and know how they work and interact with each other.  You will also learn to recognize and correct problem areas.
(2)  Equine Conformation
 
This is the way the skeleton and muscles are put together, and varies from breed to breed.  You will learn to recognize and correct traveling and lameness problems where they occur.
(3)  Basic Blacksmithing
 
This includes the use of the forge and how to build fires and get the proper heat for the type of job.  You will learn the use of different types of metals, as well as forge welding and brazing of calks and garbs, as well as other techniques to enable you to do corrective shoeing.
(4) Trimming, Leveling and Balancing Of The Foot
(5) Normal and Corrective Shoeing
 
This will include making hand tools, swedge blocks, race plates and various types of shoes for specialized uses.
(6)  Horse Handling
 
This will give you the opportunity to learn the finer points of handling, especially colts and horses being trimmed/shod for the first time.
(7) Equine Nutrition
 
This will provide you with and understanding of basic horse diets to maintain health and high performance.
(8) Starting Your Own Business
 
This will provide you with the basics for beginning a successful farrier business
 
Total number of hours in course:  240
 
Examination and theory: 6 hours
 
Lecture and forge work:  22 hours
 
Shoeing and field work: 212 hours
 
Plus up to 30 hours of assignments to be completed
after 5 pm or on weekends
Cost of Six Week Course
Tuition: Tools: Books: Bunkhouse:
$4,350.00 $659.05 $35.95 $0.00
Total Cost:  $5080.00

Schedule of Classes

Schedule of Classes 2015
Schedule of Classes 2016
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 5 Feb 13 Jan 4 Feb 12
Feb 2 Mar 13 Feb 1 Mar 11
March 2 April 10 Feb 29 April 8
April 4 May 12 April 4 May 13
May 4 June 12 May 2 June 10
June 1 July 11 May 30 July 8
July 6 Aug 14 July 4 Aug 12
Aug 3 Sept 11 Aug 1 Sept 2
Aug 31 Oct 9 Aug 29 Oct 6
Oct 5 Nov 13 Oct 3 Nov 11
Nov 2 Dec 11 Oct 31 Dec 9
Nov 30 Jan 1 Dec 5 Jan 15, 2017

 


Two Month Farrier Course (eight weeks)

Curriculum which includes learning hot shoeing horses, making and putting clip on shoes, and training for working with problem horses, plus many more advanced techniques and procedures involving all aspects of shoeing for qualification as a Farrier.  Written test for advanced farrier certification for the American Farriers Association will be given at the request of the student upon completion of the course. This test is given by the instructor at the school. Also, the student may take a test for the Brotherhood of Working Farriers. After passing the tests, the student can apply for membership with the Brotherhood of Working Farriers for a fee of $85.00 and a picture. Become an expert Farrier
Total number of hours in course:  320
Examination and theory: 8 hours
Lecture and forge work: 30 hours
Shoeing and field work: 282 hours
Plus up to 40 hours of assignments to be completed
after 5 pm or on weekends
Cost of Eight Week Course
Tuition: Tools: Books: Bunkhouse:
$5,800.00 $659.05 $35.95 $0.00

Total Cost:  $6495.00

Schedule of Classes

Schedule of Classes 2015
Schedule of Classes 2016
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 5 Feb 27 Jan 4 Feb 26
Feb 2 March 27 Feb 1 March 25
March 1 April 24 Feb 29 April 22
April 6 May 22 April 4 May 27
May 4 June 26 May 2 June 24
June 1 July 24 June 6 July 29
July 6 Aug 28 July 4 Aug 26
Aug 3 Sept 25 Aug 1 Sept 23
Aug 31 Oct 23 Sept 5 Oct 28
Oct 5 Nov 27 Oct 3 Nov 25
Nov 2 Dec 25 Oct 31 Dec 23
    Dec 5 Jan 27, 2017

 


Three Month Farrier Course (12 week)

Curriculum is same as eight week course with the following Course outline Enrollment Orientation. Issue basic tools, Assign forges and anvils. Students are taught how to start fires and how to bend and shape shoes. Students are given help, by the instructor any time during the course with any problems they might have utilizing the forge. They are taught how to punch nail holes in the shoes. Students are shown various videos concerning basic fundamentals of horse shoeing, common hoof problems, therapeutic shoeing and corrective shoeing.

Students also go on field trips to various Guest Ranches to shoe horses. Students are required to hand make the following shoes (4) front shoe, (8) crossfire shoe, (6) block toe shoe with side clips, (6) bar shoe, (8)half round shoe, (8) half wedge/half round shoe, (8) full wedge shoe, (8) saddlebred shoe, (12) walking Horse shoe with heels, (14) rolled toe, toe weight shoe, (15) lateral extension shoe, (10) sliding plates, (10) toes clip and outside trailer calk and (10)

Written test for advanced farrier certification for the American Farriers Association will be given at the request of the student upon completion of the course. This test is given by the instructor at the school. Also, the student may take a test for the Brotherhood of Working Farriers. After passing the tests, the student can apply for membership with the Brotherhood of Working Farriers for a fee of $85.00 and a picture.

Total number of hours in course: 400

  Examination and theory: 10 hours
  Lecture and Forge Work: 50 hours
  Shoeing and Field Work: 340 hours
  Plus up to 60 hours of assignments to be completed
after 5pm or on weekends
 


Cost of Twelve Week Course

  Tuition Tools Books Bunkhouse
  $8700.00 $659.05 $35.95 $0
 

Total Cost:  $9395.00

Schedule of Classes

Schedule of Classes 2015
Schedule of Classes 2016
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 5 Mar 20 Jan 4 Mar 25
Feb 2 April 24 Feb 1 April 22
March 6 May 22 March 7 May 27
April 6 June 26 April 4 June 24
May 4 July 24 May 2 July 22
June 1 Aug 14 June 6 Aug 26
July 6 Sept 25 July 4 Sept 23
Aug 3 Oct 23 Aug 1 Oct 14
Aug 31 Nov 20 Sept 5 Nov 25
Oct 5 Dec 25 Oct 3 Dec 23
Nov 2 Jan 22, 2016 Nov 7 Jan 29, 2017
Nov 30 Feb 26, 2016 Dec 5 Feb 26, 2017

 

 
Hand Tools Needed
 
1 pair cutting nip 1 round hammer
2 rasps 1 pair dividers
1 pair pull offs 1 hoof gauge
1 pair clinchers 2 textbooks
1 pair clinch cutters 1 clinch block
1 hoof knife 1 nailing hammer
1 apron
Approximate cost of these items:  $695.00

Tucson School of Horseshoeing

2230 North Kimberlee Road
Tucson, Arizona
85749
(520)749-5212
1-800-657-2779
Fax:(520)760-0886