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Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 15:21 #1

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Hello my names Dustin and I just joined the forums, so hello to everyone. I know there have been a lot of threads about horseshoeing schools so I hope no one is sick of them and is mad about another one being posted.

But I am 19 years old and I have applied to Oklahoma State Horseshoeing School. If i had of know about this site earlier, i would have asked if the school was recommended or not. I have already paid my deposit but if the school is not recommended at all Ill take the loss of a couple hundred dollars.

Obviously I cant expect anyone to bad mouth the school and cause conflicts between people, but just some opininated information might be helpful ;)

It is a 6 week course and it does not add students every week, which is one of the main things I looked for in a course. I plan to do an apprenticeship after the course is completed(hopefully i can find one) I know longer courses are better, but I figure if i go to school for 6 weeks then apprentice for a year I would have more experience and knowledge than just going to school for a year. The people there seem super super nice and sound like they really stand behind their teaching.

And I am basically looking for any advise possible for a young farrier starting out. Like should i be handing out flyers now before i goto school so i have some clients to start when i get back, or are there some books i should be reading, clinics i should be going to, or anything like that.

If there is anyone in Ontario that would know a farrier that would take an apprentice, that would be awesome too. Or even Alberta, would be great.

Im very very excited to start my farrier career because my whole life i have been looking for a career in horses in someway and now ive found the perfect fit.
Although, I have a fear of people seeing me as too young to touch their horses. I am six foot six but i look a lot younger than i am which does not help my case either. Is this a legitimate concern? or will people generally trust me if im confident in my schooling and my knowledge?
There is also the fact that i am 6'6. most of the farriers i see are around 5'6 to maybe 5'10. Are there any other farriers out there around my height, and if so are you suffering from your height?

Any info at all would be a great help and I'm sure ill come up with more questions.

Thanks a lot,
Dustin
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 15:45 #2

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I can't help with the school but reading never hurts and there's almost an endless supply of material to choose from. You're already here on this site and that's good. I'd recommend Butlers Horseshoeing 2 or 3 for a good all around text, the farrier publications and so on.

If you don't have much experience working with horses, now would be a good time to start with that too...muck stalls, tack livery horses...whatever you can find. It doesn't pay much and it isn't glamorous but it'll serve you well later.

If you could find someone to ride with before you go to school, that would be good. Why wait?

You can't do much about your size but there are plenty of big farriers. There isn't much you can do about looking young or being young either. Just enjoy it while you have it. Being able to run around with young girls isn't all bad. If you act like a pro and do the work of a pro it's likly that you'll be treated as a pro.

Good luck!
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 17:48 #3

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Mike Ferrara wrote:
I can't help with the school but reading never hurts and there's almost an endless supply of material to choose from. You're already here on this site and that's good. I'd recommend Butlers Horseshoeing 2 or 3 for a good all around text, the farrier publications and so on.

If you don't have much experience working with horses, now would be a good time to start with that too...muck stalls, tack livery horses...whatever you can find. It doesn't pay much and it isn't glamorous but it'll serve you well later.

If you could find someone to ride with before you go to school, that would be good. Why wait?

You can't do much about your size but there are plenty of big farriers. There isn't much you can do about looking young or being young either. Just enjoy it while you have it. Being able to run around with young girls isn't all bad. If you act like a pro and do the work of a pro it's likly that you'll be treated as a pro.

Good luck!

Good advice, Mike
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 18:11 #4

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Ya thanks mike, ill have to look into those Butler books. (I think the school may use those as the text books, not sure tho) Cuz i agree you can never read too much. And this site is unbelievable for everything to do with horseshoeing.
I have been dealing with horses my whole life, and all different kinds. Race horses, hunter/jumper, drafts. But you can never have too much experience.
I am looking for a farrier to ride with but all the farriers in my area seem to be reluctant in taking an apprentice.
And ya ill take your advise, I'll act professional, do a professional job and hope clients are not deturred by my age.

Thanks for the advise,
Dustin
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 18:23 #5

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canadian wrote:
Ya thanks mike, ill have to look into those Butler books. (I think the school may use those as the text books, not sure tho)

More than likely.

canadian wrote:
I am looking for a farrier to ride with but all the farriers in my area seem to be reluctant in taking an apprentice.

Do not be afraid to drive to ride with somebody good. Riding with someone because they live down the road from you is not always the best plan for long term, although you can gain experience from just about anybody.

canadian wrote:
And ya ill take your advise, I'll act professional, do a professional job and hope clients are not deturred by my age.

Hell, people always say I look like I am only 20 but they still pay me money!:)

canadian wrote:
Thanks for the advise,
Dustin

Good Luck!
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 18:29 #6

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It sounds to me like you pretty much have it together and I think you'll do ok. The only other thing I'd add is that a little bit of college might come in handy later on also.
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 20:38 #7

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What do you mean by a little bit of college? Do you mean like an extra business course or something like that?

Still interested if anyone has any input about the school?
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 20:48 #8

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I'm not wanting to comment about the school. But, I don't think a six-week course is long enough. Do they have a 12 week course?
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 20:57 #9

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westtxshoer wrote:
I'm not wanting to comment about the school. But, I don't think a six-week course is long enough. Do they have a 12 week course?


I dont think 12 is either
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 22:04 #10

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no unfortunately they only have a 6 week course, but the good thing is, is that they allow you to stay for however long you want after you complete the course, if you want to learn more and take the course over again for free. You can even come back a couple years later and take a refresher course for free, which i think is awesome.
Most of the courses I found that are 12 weeks usually have new students start every week, not to mention the price of them was way out of my range, especially considering you have to supply your own tools
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 12 Jul 2009 23:07 #11

After going to an 11 week course and being out on my own for 2 years now I think I can honestly say there isn't a course in the US or maybe anywhere for that matter that will prepare you for everything. Theres just no way to know what you may run across. Looks like you have a good plan going though, an apprenticeship is extremely important not only to further your shoeing knowledge but also trying to grasp all the little things about running your business can be hard by yourself. I really wish I would have had someone set up before I left so when I got back I could stay right with it and not let too much time pass by to forget things and get rusty. Course I have a horrible horrible memory for everything but hooves and horses names. Ask me the owners name and I would probably have to look it up.lol. Seems that muscle memory has a bit to do with it as well. So anyway I would go on the AFA website and look for guys in your area or ask some people on here seems like most are more than willing to help. Hell if your in my area send me a message and we'll get you in the forge a little. As for getting clients before you leave idk bout that. With only 6 weeks of experience I would maybe set up some trims or something but maybe not shoeing unless they're some backyard horses. I found it very helpful that I worked at many a dude ranch and now I shoe they're horses which was great "practice" I guess you could say. Good to work on horses you mostly just need to keep the shoes on and sound. Can also teach you A LOT about how to work with difficult horses as well. So I seem to be rambling on but good luck and I wish you the best.
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 13 Jul 2009 01:34 #12

aaronshorseshoeing wrote:
After going to an 11 week course and being out on my own for 2 years now I think I can honestly say there isn't a course in the US or maybe anywhere for that matter that will prepare you for everything. .
I did 36 weeks, three collage terms,
and it was good and great we saw a lot of things,
But,
even that will not prepare you for everything,
and it didn't.

I made some mistakes,
But my confidence level was up,
and I study always.
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 13 Jul 2009 03:00 #13

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Ya thanks for the advise aaron, ill definitley try to set up an apprenticeship before i go. We have a website in ontario that is very similar to the AFA so i might just email them about finding an apprenticeship. And if im ever in the montana area ill definitley give you a shout and come up ;)

Bradley, if you even know of anyone in the B.C area that would consider taking an apprentice that would be really helpful. I'm willing to travel to further my education and like you said you always have to study, and i think getting to learn the business from all different areas would be really beneficial.
Also what is the demand like for farriers in B.C? Or Alberta area if you know?

And to anyone who wouldnt mind answering this, i dont mean to sound nosey, but how much on average do farriers make(i know it depends A LOT on the area) by year approx. or by day. Do most people find it enough to make a good living? Just wondering

Thanks so much to all those who have answered and given me advise, i appreciate it all.

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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 13 Jul 2009 03:47 #14

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Dustin you seem to have the want to and understand the importance of learning . I will only add that being tall like you are is going to be a physical challenge, so start with the stretching NOW and everyday from now on. I am 6'2" and I can get under a shetland to shoe it, IF I need too, but you will need to train your body. So Good Luck and learn to work hot steel and don't start with the cold only additude, until you have a good foundation to stand on.
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RE:Starting a Farrier Career 13 Jul 2009 04:46 #15

canadian wrote:
Bradley, if you even know of anyone in the B.C area that would consider taking an apprentice that would be really helpful. . . .
Also what is the demand like for farriers in B.C? Or Alberta area if you know?
Dustin
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I would say that there is a saturation point that has been met.

But that is not to say it can't be added to.

Key: is to find an Awesome Farrier to Apprentice under.
Then folks will call you when you cut loose.

The lower mainland has many top Farriers,
and some take on helpers, not many though.
I don't know about Alberta, Sask.

These schools are pumping out students,
Kwantlen University Collage, 12 a year, Olds Collage 10ish a year.
Most end up shoeing their own horse and a few others,
or not at all. Keeps the schools going.

And where I am
there is a Farrier every other year getting out and getting a job,
because there just isn't enough work for us all.
Mind you we don't have any big barns around here.

There is one young fellow around here doing good,
but he recently achieved his AFA CF.

If you have a passion don't stop till you hit CJF . . .
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