The Farrier Science program at Mesalands Community College offers both an Associate of Applied Science degree and an Occupational Certificate.
Farrier Science Degree
Farrier Science is primarily a self-employed field. For this reason, farriers must be knowledgeable and skilled in all facets of the business. The degree program offers hands-on practical experience in horsemanship, trimming and shoeing, as well as forging and welding. Instruction in anatomy and physiology, business management, and other aspects of horseshoeing are provided in the classroom. Upon graduation, students will be well versed in therapeutic and pathological shoeing, including the physiology, forging and application of horseshoes.
Farrier Science Certificate
The Farrier Science Occupational Certificate program is designed to give students hands-on experience in horseshoeing and blacksmithing, as well as familiarizing students with the principles and theories of trimming and balancing horses according to their conformation and use. The College’s certificate program is comparable to private horseshoeing school programs.
Students in the Certificate program spend class time trimming and shoeing horses, forging tools and specialty (corrective) horseshoes and studying the art of horseshoeing. Students also receive instruction in anatomy and physiology, entrepreneurial business and welding. Students who wish to gain an advanced knowledge of Farrier Science should consider the degree program in Farrier Science.