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Farrier Science and Business

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Farrier Science & Business

farrier.jpgKey Program Features: Real-world experience, small class sizes, hands-on learning, professional opportunities, and an engaging faculty.

Hocking College offers one of only a few farrier science associate degree programs in the United States.  The Farrier Science and Business program offers a unique combination of farrier skills and business management.

You can have the best of two worlds - working around horses and owning your own business.

You will learn the newest and safest techniques for shoeing horses as you develop skills on both gas and coal forges.

Learn corrective farrier skills as well as shoeing for performance. Classes such as care and handling, gait analysis, and nutrition provide you with a solid background in horse care.

Many farriers are self-employed. The business portion of this program provides you with not only basic business skills such as management and accounting, but also marketing and brochure development and business skills specific to the equine industry.

You will also develop a business plan to get you started in establishing a successful farrier business.



The following outcomes are skills, behaviors, and attitudes cultivated in students seeking the Associate of Technical Study in Farrier Science and Business:

  • Perform proper shoeing techniques.
  • Apply business skills as they pertain to the equine industry.
  • Identify, maintain, and use safety procedures with horses, tack and related equipment.
  • Perform safety inspection procedures in daily operations.
  • Properly feed/water horses, groom/bathe horses, and clean stalls.
  • Provide basic horse health care including preventive health care.
  • Properly identify feeds and feeding requirements of equine at all ages and levels of performance.
  • Apply knowledge of horse anatomy, teeth identification, conformation and color, and health care.
  • Manage horses unmounted, to include leading, tying, trailer loading, transporting, approaching catching, and haltering.
  • Manage horses without assistance while mounting/dismounting.
  • Tack and untack properly, to include fit and adjustment.
  • Operate and maintain basic farrier equipment.
  • Demonstrate a variety of forging techniques.
  • Develop a plan to establish a farrier business.


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Hocking College

2018 - 2019 Associate of Technical Study in Farrier Science and Business

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 37.0
Lab Hours: 43.0

Total Credit Hours:

Estimated Course Fees:

Class Hours: 17.0
Lab Hours: 44.0


Hocking College Reserves the right to modify curricular requirements, to change course content, and change course fees at any time.
  COURSE NO. FIRST SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-1104 Intro to Horse Handling and Management 2.00 2.00 3.00 $230.00
  EQSI-1116 Equine Anatomy and Conformation 3.00 0.00 3.00 $250.00
  EQSI-1118 Horseshoeing I 0.00 4.00 2.00 $330.00
  EQSI-2211 Equine Industry and Employment 1.00 0.00 1.00 $155.00
  EQSI-1150 Leathercraft 1.00 2.00 2.00 $285.00
  GS-1000 HC Cornerstone 1.00 0.00 1.00 $80.00
  MATH-1103 Applied Mathematics 2.00 2.00 3.00 $182.00
    Totals 10.00 10.00 15.00 $1,512.00

  COURSE NO. SECOND SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-1215 Horseshoeing II 0.00 4.00 3.00 $650.00
  EQSI-1113 Equine Nutrition and Supplements 2.00 0.00 2.00 $155.00
  ESQI-1135 Forging I 2.00 2.00 3.00 $615.00
  ESQI-1109 Novice Horsemanship 1.00 4.00 3.00 $240.00
  ENG-1510 English Composition I 4.00 0.00 4.00 $50.00
    Totals 9.00 10.00 15.00 $1,710.00

  COURSE NO. SUMMER SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  NRM-2296 Natural Resources Practicum & Seminar 0.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00
    Totals 0.00 7.00 2.00 $100.00

  COURSE NO. THIRD SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2216 Horseshoeing III 2.00 2.00 3.00 $840.00
  EQSI-2103 Green Horse Handling 2.00 2.00 3.00 $210.00
  EQSI-1114 Equine Health 3.00 2.00 4.00 $260.00
  WELD-1120 Introduction to Welding 0.00 4.00 2.00 $300.00
  *** Social Science Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00 -
    Totals 7.00 10.00 15.00 $1,610.00

  COURSE NO. FOURTH SEMESTER Class Hours Lab Hours Credit Hours Course Fee
  EQSI-2258 Corrective Shoeing and Gait Analysis (Capstone) 2.00 6.00 5.00 $790.00
  EQSI-2229 Equine Business & Marketing 3.00 0.00 3.00 $150.00
  COMM-1130 Speech 3.00 0.00 3.00 $40.00
  *** Biology Elective 0.00 0.00 3.00 -
    Totals 11.00 6.00 14.00 $980.00
Course Hours: 6.00 Lab Hours: 16.00 Cost: $1,415.00

Course Hours: 9.00 Lab Hours: 10.00 Cost: $1,862.00

Course Hours: 1.00 Lab Hours: 7.00 Cost: $100.00

Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 8.00 Cost: $1,400.00

Course Hours: 8.00 Lab Hours: 8.00 Cost: $1,135.00

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Farrier Science and BusinessA Career in Farrier Science and Business Promises an Exciting Future

The Farrier Science and Business program provides you with very specialized skills.  Employment may be found in all areas of the equine industry, such as at a dude ranch, in the race horse industry or in private stables.  

Graduates are also prepared to establish their own farrier business.


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