Accepting applications for our upcoming sessions. Visit our Application page for details.
We are looking for teaching horses for our students. If you are interested in having your horses trimmed or shod at discounted rates while supportging farrier education, please contact us ([email protected] or 708-297-7620).
All the work is done by the students and closely supervised/inspected by the instructors.
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.
Spring 2022, February 7th- April 29th: FULL
- Summer 2022, May 9th- July 29th FULL
- Fall 2022, August 8th- October 28th FULL
- Spring 2023, February 6th - April 28th
- Summer 2023, May 8th - July 28th
- Fall 2023, August 7th - October 27th
- Spring 2024, February 5th - April 26th
- Summer 2024, May 6th - July 26th
- Fall 2024, August 5th - October 25th
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.
Private Advanced Study Options
The private advanced studies are designed for those who wish to improve their farrier skills. They are short sessions, usually one week long, tailored to each student whether the goal is to learn to pull a clip, tune up for an examination or just improve overall techniques. Taking place during our off season, these workshops are forged to further build and refine existing skills, not as an alternative to our traditional 12 week course.
For more information please contact Diego Almeida ([email protected] | 708-297-7620)
For more information about the events hosted at the MSU Farrier School, please contact Diego Almeida ([email protected] | 708-297-7620)
- April 14-15th, 2022 - AFA Pre-Certification Clinic
- April 15-16th, 2022 - AFA Certification
- April 25-27th, 2022 - MSU Certification Preparation Clinic