Farrier Training (FARR)

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FARR 1121  2 credits  
Introduction to Farriery  

Students will learn the professional responsibilities of the trade and the role of the modern farrier within the equine industry. They will learn and practice the essential requirements and habits of a safe work environment for both farrier and horse. Students will develop and execute a personal fitness plan. They will also review the fundamentals of effective horse handling.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1122  2 credits  
Introduction to Equine Anatomy  

Students will study the conformation of the horse. They will explore the anatomy of the horse with an emphasis on the limb and hoof in preparation for basic shoeing exercises.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1123  2 credits  
Introduction to Equine Management for Farriers  

Students will study and practice the basic elements of horse care and management relevant to farriery. Students will manage average and difficult horses in preparation for both trimming and shoeing.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1124  2 credits  
Introduction to Forge Work  

Students will learn the basic skills to hot forge mild steel using hand tools. They will learn how to operate natural gas and propane forges and use a variety of anvils common in the farrier industry.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1125  2 credits  
Introduction to Horse Hoof Trimming  

The student will learn to assess hoof health and conformation and the trimming needs of average horses to be barefoot. They will practice trimming fore and hind hooves on horses kept barefoot.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1126  2 credits  
Introduction to Forging Horseshoes  

The student will learn the techniques to efficiently produce hot forged horse shoes, from mild steel, for the average horse.

Level: VO

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1131  2 credits  
Fundamentals of Farrier Science  

Students will learn the professional responsibilities of the trade and the role of the modern farrier within the equine industry. They will learn and practice the essential requirements and habits of a safe work environment for both farrier and horse. Students will learn forging skills of the trade. They will develop and execute a personal fitness plan.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1132, FARR 1133, FARR 1134, FARR 1135, FARR 1136, FARR 1140 and FARR 1150

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1132  2 credits  
Equine Anatomy and Physiology  

Students will examine the anatomy of the horse with an emphasis on the appendicular skeleton. They will study the physiology of the horse and develop an understanding of how trimming and shoeing can improve or detract from proper leg and hoof function.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1133  2 credits  
Equine Conformation and Trimming  

Students will learn the varieties of conformation possible for the modern equine. They will learn the indicators to assess horse health. Students will learn to assess the trimming needs of a variety of horses to be kept barefoot. They will practice using tools common to the farrier trade to trim horses' hooves. Students will practice trimming horses to be maintained unshod.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1134  5 credits  
Horseshoe Forging  

Students will learn the skills to forge mild steel using hand tools. They will learn how to operate a gas fired forge and use a variety of tools common in the farrier industry. Students will learn the fundamentals of forging horseshoes from bar-stock. They will learn to modify manufactured shoes to meet the needs of equine clients of the farrier shop.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1135  5 credits  
Equine Management for Farriers  

Students will learn to recognize the body language of the horse. They will learn humane and empathetic management techniques to safely carry out farrier practices on a variety of horses.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1136  6 credits  
Horseshoeing  

Students will learn to assess the trimming and shoeing needs of a variety of horses. They will trim both fore and hind hooves in preparation for the application of shoes. Students will modify or make, and fit horseshoes with and without heat. They will apply the fitted shoes and complete the shoeing process. Students will create a record of the work done to individual horses.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1140  6 credits  
Farrier Practicum  

Students will apply the theoretical and practical knowledge and experience learned during the program in a workplace environment with a practicing farrier. Students will listen to farriers and observe how the farrier performs his/her work. Students should compare and explain farrier practices and procedures, and document their experience in the field.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1150  5 credits  
Farrier Portfolio and Practice  

Students will present an e-portfolio of their learning as a student of the Farrier program. They will complete the trimming and shoeing of a horse using handmade and/or commercial shoes. The student will present a report that includes a pre-shoeing and post-shoeing assessment.

Level: VO

Co-requisite(s): FARR 1131

Attributes: F2A8, TRAD

FARR 1221  2 credits  
Intermediate Farriery  

Students will learn the essentials of running a small business servicing the equine industry. They will examine the diversity of equine conformation and how it is connected to leg and hoof problems. They will work with moderately challenging horses and will execute a personal fitness plan.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1121 and 1123

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1222  2 credits  
Physiology of the Equine Leg and Hoof  

Student will learn the physiology of individual tissues and the limb, of the horse, as a complete unit. They will study extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting limb physiology. They will learn trimming and shoeing adaptations to improve hoof function and comfort of the horse.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1122

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1223  2 credits  
Equine Hoof Trimming  

Students will work with moderately challenging horses, trimming fore and hind hooves for both barefoot and shoeing situations. They will practice trimming tool repair and maintenance.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1123 and FARR 1125

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1224  3 credits  
Intermediate Horseshoe Forging  

Students will learn and practice a variety of forging techniques to modify horseshoes to meet the demands of a variety of equine sports. They will also explore horse show rules governing farriery.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1124 and 1126

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1225  3 credits  
Intermediate Horseshoeing  

Students will practice efficient fitting and application of horseshoes to fore and hind hooves of horses. Students will shoe client horses with premade and custom forged shoes for a range of equine disciplines, and individual needs of the horse-owner. Students will modify shoes to meet individual needs of various horses.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1121 and 1222 and 1123 and 1124 and 1125 and 1126

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1321  2 credits  
Advanced Farriery  

Students will learn the techniques to efficiently produce tools used in the farrier and blacksmith trade. They will explore the use of non-traditional materials for hoof repair and shoeing of horses. Students will execute a personal fitness plan.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1221

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1322  2 credits  
Equine Disease and Lameness  

Students will study diseases of the horse with an emphasis on diseases of the limbs and hooves and the relationship to lameness. They will examine the correlation between conformation, management and disease. Students will study the gaits of the horse to develop understanding how gait relates to evidence of lameness. They will explore the role of the farrier and the relationship to veterinary practice.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1222

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1323  3 credits  
Farrier Podiatry  

Students will study basic theories, principles and processes for the treatment of disease and lameness of the limb and hoof of the horse from a farrier perspective. Students will conduct lameness exams and develop trimming and shoeing solutions for live horses.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1222 and 1224 and 1225

Attribute: TRAD

FARR 1324  5 credits  
Advanced Horseshoeing  

Students will learn and practice methods to work safely and successfully on the most difficult horses. They will learn management techniques for horses displaying a variety of behavior challenges. They will study the development of the equine limb from birth to maturity. Students will practice efficient trimming and shoeing methods.

Level: VO

Prerequisite(s): FARR 1223 and 1224 and 1225

Attribute: TRAD

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