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Farrier Science and Business

Farrier Science and Business Program Description

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. 

Equestrian Degree Programs at Hocking College

Hocking College offers all-inclusive pricing and works with students to assure they have complete college funding, including financial aid, before they start classes. Please reference the course curriculum tab for program costs.

All-inclusive pricing includes the following:

PER SEMESTER

$300......Learning Fee

$20........Health Center Services

$75........Career Center Services

OPTIONAL

$53......Parking

$275....Smart Start*

Pricing for housing and meal plans can be found here.

*Recommended for all first-year college students.

A 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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Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) are statements of what a student will be able to do when they have completed a program. They represent the knowledge and skills a program has determined are most important for students to gain from that program and include both the Success Skills (institutional outcomes) and Program Outcomes. SLOs are specific and measurable so the program can accurately assess the degree to which students have achieved each outcome, and they align with college and institution mission and values. Data on the achievement of SLOs is used to make improvements in the program and increase student success. 

Success Skills

  • CE - Communicates Effectively
  • PA - Maintains Professional Skills and Attitudes
  • CT - Demonstrates Learning Critical Thinking, and Problem Solving Skills
  • ET - Maintains a Code of Ethics
  • HR - Practices Human Relations Skills
  • MS - Demonstrates Math Skills
  • GA - Demonstrates Community, Cultural and Global Awareness
  • IT - Implements Career-Appropriate Technology

To learn more about each of these, click here.

Program Outcomes

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, confirmation 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.

Download 2017-2018 Data

Retention Rates

Retention rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research utilizing the following criteria:
  • All registered fall/autumn students with registration status for the following fall/autumn.
  • Excludes special populations - College Credit Plus, Non Degree, Online Military and University Center.
  • Potential for upcoming fall/autumn excludes graduates from that fall/autumn, spring and summer terms.
Academic Year Retention Rate
2016 - 2017 75%
2015 - 2016 55%
2014 - 2015 56%

 

Graduation Rates 

Graduation rates are determined by the office of Institutional Research. To ensure appropriate time for data collection, this report will be run and posted annually in the last week of September for the previous academic year. It should be noted that annual graduation rates may change as students continue to graduate. The following criteria will be utilized for the calculation of graduation rates:

  • Overall Program Completion Rate is defined as a percentage of the ratio: 

    All graduates of the program
    _________________________________________________________________
    All students with the program in their history of programs of study

  • For the purposes of reporting, the program completion rates are aggregated by academic year of entry.
  • A student is considered to have completed or graduated from a program or certificate by virtue of having been awarded the degree or certificate.
  • A student is considered to be undertaking activity in a program of study for the duration of time that they are in an active status in a program or certificate. This is defined by having a Program of Study with a status of ‘A’ during the duration of time they are taking coursework.  Should a student move in and out of active status in a program of study while continuing to take coursework, we only take into account the student’s activity while the program has an active status for that particular program of study.
Academic Year Graduation Rate
2016 - 2017 25%
2015 - 2016 47.37%
2014 - 2015 42.86%

We consistently need sound, capable horses to teach our students on a daily basis. Horses should be discipline-appropriate with suitable prior experience. Our programs serve students of all experience levels, from the complete beginner through the most advanced.

In order to ensure a good fit between donated horses and our needs, we ask that prospective horses be of the appropriate breed type and training level for our disciplines of wilderness riding, western horsemanship, and reining.

We ask that donated horses meet the following qualifications;

  1. Between the ages of 2-16 
  2. Reach a mature height of at least 15.2hh
  3. Be serviceably sound for its intended purpose

To learn more about our donation process, please visit  www.hocking.edu/horse-donation.


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