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Need / Prerequisites for Horseshoeing

Intr. 101  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses aptitudes to learn and work, and effective teachings.


Horseshoeing Heritage

Hist. 102  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses earliest known horseshoes, first horseshoeing with nails, farriers, and veterinarians, horseshoeing peaks, and modern techniques.


Public Relations for Horseshoeing

Pbrl. 103  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses communication, service charges, horseshoer-horse owner responsibility.


Terms, Points, and Regions of the Horse

Anat. 104  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses sex, age and species, size, body colors, and anatomy.


Care and Management of the Horse

Husb. 105  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses selection, feeding, exercise, and disease control.


Aging Horses by Teeth; Floating Teeth

Anat. 106  (1 hour lecture and 1 hour lab)

    Discusses type and position of teeth, tooth shape, eruption time and age estimation.


Handling and Shoeing Positions; Training and Restraint

Tech. 107  (1 hour lecture and 3 hours lab)

    Discusses problems in handling horses, hoof handling, and restraint equipment.                                                                                                               


Bones and Joints

Anat. 108  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses differences between front and hind limbs; characteristics common to all bones and joints of the leg.


Tendons and Ligaments

Anat. 109  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses characteristics of tendons and ligaments.


Foot Biomechanics

Anat. 110  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses the stay apparatus, weight-supporting structures, concussion reducing structures and the blood pumping mechanism.


Sensitive Structures

Anat. 111  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses the hoof, sensitive coronary band, perioplic ring, sensitive laminae, sensitive sole, and sensitive frog.


Hoof Structures

Anat. 112  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses the hoof growth, hoof moisture, and hoof composition.


Foot Dissection

Anat. 113  (1 hour lecture)

    Demonstrates dissection of the horse's foot.


Horseshoeing Tools

Hdtl. 114  (1 hour lecture)

    Describes and demonstrates uses of various horseshoeing tools.



Eval. 115  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses preliminary examination, visualizing the ideal, and trimming the hoof.


First Aid

Safe. 116  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses first aid kits and safety precautions.


Selecting, Shaping, and Fitting Cold Shoes

Shoe. 117  (1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab)

    Discusses terms, ready-made shoes disadvantages, and cold-shaping.


Nailing and Finishing

Shoe. 118  (1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab)

    Discusses hoof preparation, shoe fitting, and speed in shoeing.


Shoeing Evaluation

Eval. 119  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses hoof balance before and after the shoeing job.


The Forge Fire and Heats

Forg. 120  (1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab)

    Discusses fuel types, forge design, and temperatures of metals.


Forging Tools and Skills

Forg. 121  (1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab)

    Discusses forging tools and forging operations.


Selecting, Shaping, and Fitting Hot Shoes

Shoe. 122  (1 hour lecture & 3 hours lab)

    Discusses selection of hot shoes, shaping hot shoes, and hot fitting.


Tools Forging and Metallurgy

Forg. 123  (1 hour lecture & 3 hours lab)

    Discusses advantages of handmade shoes, selecting material, determining bar stock length, shoe shaping, and shoe evaluation.


Forging Handmade Tools and Shoes

Forg. 124  (1 hour lecture & 3 hours lab)

    Discusses used steel identification and sources, steel selection, determining bar stock length, shoe shaping, and shoe evaluation.                 


Principles of Corrective Shoeing

Shoe. 125  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses stance correction and gait correction.


Gaits / Correcting Faults of Gait

Anat. 126  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses foot and limb confirmation types.


Forging and Applying Corrective Shoes

Forg. 127  (1 hour lecture & 1 hour lab)

    Discusses clips, lifts, wedges, rocker-toes, blocked heels, trailers and extended heels.


Principles of Therapeutic Shoeing

Pbrl. 128  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses relationships between the horseshoer and veterinarian, definitions, health indicators, and available treatments.


Lameness' of Foot, Forelimb and Hindlimb

Anat. 129  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses thrush, abscesses, canker, yeast infections, sandaracs, keratoma, hoof loss, contraction, corns, laminitis, etc.


Forging and Applying Therapeutic Shoes

Shoe. 130  (1 hour lecture & 4 hour lab)

    Discusses clips, bar shoes, rocker-shoes, patten-shoes, navicular shoes, founder shoes, and contraction shoes.


Shoeing the Specialized Horse

Shoe. 131  (1 hour lecture & 4 hours lab)

    Discusses horses used for ranch work, rodeo, cutting, reining, polo, hunters, jumpers and race horses.


Horseshoeing Business and Management Practices

Mngt. 132  (1 hour lecture)

    Discusses effective business practices


Course Objectives


Intr.   101     

            Need / Prerequisites for Horseshoeing

            Determine need for horseshoers.

            Explains prerequisites.


Hist.   102    

            Horseshoeing Heritage

            Describe the historical development of horseshoeing.


Pbrl.   103        

            Public Relations for Horseshoeing

            Distinguishing roles of horseshoer and horse owner.


Anat   104       

             Terms, Points and Regions of the Horse

             Understand terminology regarding gender, age and species.


Husb.  105    

            Care and Management of the Horse

            Compares and contracts selection.

            Explains feeding practices in relation to hoof growth.

            Discuss exercise in relation to hoof growth.


Anat.  106        

            Aging Horse by Teeth

            Determine age of horses by observing teeth.


Tech.  107    

            Handling and Shoeing Positions

            Demonstrates handling and shoeing positions.


Anat.  108        

            Bones and Joints

            Differentiates bones and joints.


Anat.  109        

            Tendons and Ligaments

            Differentiates tendons and ligaments.


Anat.  110        

            Foot Biomechanics

            Define and explain foot biomechanics.


Anat.  111        

            Sensitive Structures

            Identify sensitive hoof structures.                             


Anat.  112        

            Hoof Structures

            Determine hoof growth, hoof moisture, and composition.  


Anat.  113      

            Foot Dissection

            Dissect the horses' foot.


Hdtl.  114        

            Horseshoeing Hand Tools

            Make familiar the uses of various horseshoeing hand tools.


Eval.  115        


            Make preliminary examination, visualize the ideal, and trim balanced hoof.


Safe.  116        

            First Aid

            Discuss the horseshoer's need and uses for first aid kits.


Shoe.  117    

            Selecting, Shaping, and Fitting Cold Shoes

            Relate disadvantages of ready-made shoes and cold shaping.


Shoe.  118    

            Nailing and Finishing

            Demonstrate methods of securing the shoe.

            Demonstrate methods of finishing the hoof.


Eval.  119        

            Shoeing Evaluation

            Evaluate hoof balance after shoeing.

            Discuss points considered during farrier competitions.


Forg.  120        

            The Forge Fire and Heats

            Classify fuel types.

            Understand fuel designs.

            Distinguish temperatures of metals.                                                                                                         


Forg.  121        

            Forging Tools and Skills

            Identify forging tools.

            Demonstrate forging operations.                                       


Shoe.  122    

            Selecting, Shaping, and Fitting Hot Shoes

            Determine criteria for selection of hot shoes.

            Demonstrate the shaping of hot shoes and hot fitting.


Forg.  123        

            Tool Forging and Metallurgy

            Point out advantages of handmade shoes.

            Select appropriate material.

            Determine bar stock length.

            Shape shoes.

            Evaluate shoes.





Volume I

Published April 27, 2010

Revised February 21, 2013  

Revised February 9, 2015                                                                           

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