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
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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 2013
Schedule of Classes 2014
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 7 Jan 18 Jan 6 Jan 17
Feb 4 Feb 15 Feb 3 Feb 14
March 4 March 15 March 3 March 14
April 1 April 12 April 7 April 18
May 6 May 17 May 5 May 16
June 3 June 14 June 2 June 13
July 1 July 12 July 7 July 18
Aug 5 Aug 16 Aug 4 Aug 15
Sept 2 Sept 13 Sept 1 Sept 12
Oct 7 Oct 18 Oct 6 Oct 17
Nov 4 Nov 15 Nov 3 Nov 14
Dec 2 Dec 13 Dec 1 Dec 12


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 2013
Schedule of Classes 2014
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 7 Feb 1 Jan 6 Jan 31
Feb 4 Mar 1 Feb 3 Feb 28
March 4 March 29 March 3 March 28
April 1 April 26 April 7 May 2
May 6 May 31 May 5 May 30
June 3 June 28 June 2 June 27
July 1 July 26 July 7 Aug 1
Aug 5 Aug 30 Aug 4 Aug 29
Sept 2 Sept 27 Sept 1 Sept 26
Oct 7 Nov 1 Oct 6 Oct 31
Nov 4 Nov 29 Nov 3 Nov 28
Dec 2 Dec 27 Dec 1 Dec 26

 


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 2013
Schedule of Classes 2014
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 7 Feb 15 Jan 6 Feb 14
Feb 4 Mar 15 Feb 3 Mar 14
March 4 April 12 March 3 April 11
April 1 May 10 April 7 May 16
May 6 June 14 May 5 June 13
June 3 July 12 June 2 July 12
July 1 Aug 10 July 7 Aug 15
Aug 5 Sept 13 Aug 4 Sept 12
Sept 2 Oct 11 Sept 1 Oct 10
Oct 7 Nov 15 Oct 6 Nov 14
Nov 4 Dec 12 Nov 3 Dec 12
Dec 2 Jan 10 Dec 1 Jan 2

 


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 2013
Schedule of Classes 2014
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 7 March 1 Jan 6 Feb 28
Feb 4 March 29 Feb 3 March 28
March 4 April 26 March 3 April 25
April 1 May 24 April 7 May 23
May 6 June 28 May 5 June 27
June 3 July 26 June 2 July 25
July 1 Aug 23 July 7 Aug 29
Aug 5 Sept 27 Aug 4 Sept 26
Sept 2 Oct 25 Sept 1 Oct 24
Oct 7 Nov 29 Oct 6 Nov 28
Nov 4 Dec 27 Nov 3 Dec 26
Dec 2 Jan 26 Dec 1 Jan 22

 


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 2013
Schedule of Classes 2014
Start
End
Start
End
Jan 7 Mar 29 Jan 6 Mar 21
Feb 4 April 26 Feb 3 April 25
March 4 May 24 March 3 May 23
April 1 June 21 April 7 June 22
May 6 July 26 May 5 July 25
June 3 Aug 23 June 2 Aug 12
July 1 Sept 20 July 7 Sept 26
Aug 5 Oct 25 Aug 4 Oct 24
Sept 2 Nov 22 Sept 1 Nov 21
Oct 7 Dec 27 Oct 6 Dec 26
Nov 4 Jan 23 Nov 3 Jan 20
Dec 2 Feb 21 Dec 1 Feb 25

 

 
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