MSU Farrier School

Course Overview

The Montana State University (MSU) Farrier School was established in 1970 and is part of the Department of Animal and Range Sciences. The shop and classroom buildings are located approximately one mile west of the main MSU campus at the Bozeman Agricultural Research and Teaching (BART) Farm.

This well-resepected school creates proficient, knowledgable farriers with the skills to perform professional work on all types of horses. The 12-week course is carefully structured with a proven balance of theory and practice. In the classroom, students will learn equine lower limb anatomy and physiology, and key concepts of biomechanics. In the shop, students will connect concepts learned in the classroom with trimming and forging techniques, including the fundamentals of shoe making and how to properly fit the horse's foot. As students advance through the course, more specialized forging and shoe making will be covered. The course structure and small class size ensure that each student receives individual instruction tailored to their skill level and learning style.

  • 12 week sessions offered Spring, Summer & Fall
  • 6 students per class
  • 8 hours of daily instruction

The local equine community provides an abundant supply of horses for valuable skill development. The school works closely with equine veterinarians, giving students an insight into farrier-veterinarian relationships, and opportunity to learn about corrective shoeing protocols for managing lameness. Guest lectures are part of the curriculum, and the school encourages visits from outside practicing farriers. ensuring that students gain real-world exposure to the farrier industry. 

Upon completion students will have the skills necessary to establish their own farrier practice and will be prepared for the American Farrier's Association Certification (CF) Exam.

 Advanced Study Options

Certification preperation courses, one-on-one coaching, and advanced short sessions are available during the winter. For more information contact Diego Almeida (diego.almeida@montana.edu or 708-297-7620) or follow us on Social Media.