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Mission Farrier School has been teaching therapeutic shoeing for over 20 years,
using state of the art materials and techniques.

Our goal is always to do something FOR the horse, not just TO the horse.

“Please call or email us to confirm there is room in your session,
before making your deposit.”
If you are interested in Mission Farrier School, we'd be happy to answer your questions. Mark Plumlee, Owner/Instructor (425 890-3043) All calls are returned.

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Our Curriculum...

includes practical instruction in live shoeing, forging handmade shoes and modifying keg shoes, and classroom study of anatomy and physiology. Students gain hands-on experience with remedial shoeing techniques for treating lameness pathology of all types, including application of the Equine Digit Support System (EDSS).

In addition to Natural Balance principles, students are familiarized with the standards of farriery endorsed by the American Farriers Association which form the basis of the AFA`s certification programs, and the Guild of Professional Farriers and it's certification programs.

Students gain working experience with the different materials used in handmade shoes, with a variety of manufactured specialty shoes, and with numerous accessory products such as pads, packing, and repair composites.

Classes fill early.  If you are interested in Mission Farrier School, we'd be happy to answer your questions.  Please email or call Mark Plumlee, Owner/Instructor (425 890-3043) for your telephone interview.  All calls are returned.

Course Outline

This is a basic outline only. There is much more to be discussed in detail.

Over the 8 week period the course will include, but not be limited to:

  • Anatomy: External Structures of the Hoof

  • Sensitive Structures of the Hoof

  • Bones of the Lower Leg

  • Tendons of the Lower Leg

  • Ligaments of the Lower Leg

  • Dissections of the Lower Leg

  • Recognizing Hoof Distortion

  • Basic Shoeing

  • Specialty Shoeing

  • Therapeutic Shoeing

  • Shoeing for Soundness and Conformation

  • Working with Veterinarians on Lameness Cases

  • Barefoot Trims

  • Natural Balance Parameters - What It Is and What It Isn’t

  • Bio Mechanics of the Natural Hoof

  • Wild Horse Research

  • Re-thinking Healthy Foot Function

  • Lamenesses: What Goes Wrong

  • Angular Limb Deformities

  • Environmental Influences and It’s Effect on Domestic Feet

  • Shoeing to Correct Gait Faults

  • Forging: Anvil Basics

  • Modifying Keg Shoes

  • Front and Hind Patterns

  • Hand Made Shoes, Creasing & Plain Stamped

  • Identification and Classification of Horseshoes & Nails

  • Pads, Packing, and Frog Support

  • Support Systems

  • Horsemanship - Handling Bad Actors

  • American Farriers Association (AFA) Certification Study, and the Guild of Professional Farriers (GPF)

  • Setting Up Your Business and Beginning Inventory


A Must Read Article: From the Farrier Guide to Education and Employment

Combining Natural Balance Principles with Traditional Craftsmanship.

Our program attracts focused, serious minded students
with a high degree of success entering the profession. Below are some testimonials from graduates and clients.

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Mark and Karen,

I wanted to thank you for your tutelage and instruction at Mission Farrier School. It came at a critical time in my life and has provided an amazing avenue for me to work with horses and enjoy every minute of my job. I have never had this experience in a "job" before. What an amazing profession this is.

I easily made the most I have since I graduated ($6,315 in May alone! ). What am amazing experience to make a living, provide for my family and work with horses all day long. I am convinced their is nothing better.

You are amazing people and I can't tell you enough how much you have changed my life and benefited my family.

Best wishes and God Bless,

Clayton Cockrum
(425) 346-9522


From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


I graduated from the program in October 2014, and am happy to report a continuing satisfaction with my decision of farrier schools. The education at Mission contains several elements which make it an experience of the highest quality;

1) Mark Plumlee is an excellent instructor, whose experience and expertise as both horseshoer and teacher are evident daily. It's a pleasure to learn from someone who has developed mastery of not only the trade, but also at helping others to understand it. He fosters a truly positive learning environment - a very useful, and uncommon, skill.

2) The subject matter and science regarding the natural hoof is a universal and reliable path toward hoof health. In conversation with other farriers and horseman from as far as Iceland, I have been pleased to find that I stand confidently on a solid foundation for approaching both hoof and horse. The information presented makes sense both scientifically and intuitively.

3) The program involves plenty of time under horses and with hands on the tools. As any program should, it does.

4) Both Mark and Karen bring a healthy, family style tone to the entire operation. It's clear they want the best for their students, clients, and horses, and are willing to put forward the effort to match.

Overall, I can say I walked away from the Mission Farrier School with the things that I came there to get. I entered the program with a lot to learn about horses and shoeing, and I couldn't have asked for much more. It's a job well done all the way through, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in furthering their knowledge and skills in the farrier trade. 

Isaac Murphy

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


After college, I spent 11 years in corporate sales (Xerox,  Microsoft,  Comcast) and becoming a farrier has been one of the most significantly positive things that I've ever done in my professional life for me and my family. Prior to going to school,  my experience with horses was very limited (I literally didn't know how to put on a halter and had never picked up a horse foot ever).  I just graduated in December 2014 and now stay extremely busy (200+ horses on my books) and am able to support my family (mortgage,  2 daughters) and love every day being a farrier.  I owe an incredible amount to Mark and Karen and their school.

Clayton Cockrum,
Monroe, WA

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Hi Mark and Karen,

I hope you are both well. I wanted to write and tell you about a very proud moment I had this weekend. Some of our local farriers got together this Winter and invited Chris Gregory to come give a clinic here. We had the clinic last Saturday and I just had to write and tell you both how it went.

There were 12 farriers there. Most of whome were in their 50s and had been farriers for 20 years or more. To start out, Chris wanted to go over some basic lower limb anatomy and to my surprise, most of the farriers brought out little notebooks and started taking notes on the bones and tendons we deal with everyday! I was so shocked to see these full time farriers taking notes on things that we all learned in yoru class, an in my opinion, we should all have down pat.

Part way through the day Chris challenged us all to use a pen and mark on the outside of the hoof capsule where we thought the Navicular bone was inside the hoof. I was extremely proud to make my mark literally an inch away from the others and even prouder when Chris announded that I was correct.

I was the youngest farrier and the only woman in attendance. There were lots of things that happened all day that made me so proud of my solid farrier education and I wanted to pass on those good feelings to you. Thanks for everything!


From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Mark and Karen,

Thanks for setting me up for success in my farrier career! I had my first client the other day and completely astonished them by simply following and explaining our 5 guidelines. They loved that I was not only able to explain what I was seeing/doing but also willing to listen to what they had to say.

Thanks again! Chris

From a Mission Farrier School Client


Tucker starts his new life today. It is because of Mission Farrier School and Faith Equestrian that this is such a happy day for us. We can't thank you enough!

Taylor and Jackie

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Hey! Had a huge success this week with a chronic laminitis case. Champ loved his Double Nail Pad system with a window cut out for relief. He is walking better than the current owner has ever seen him move. She has owned h im for eight years! He has what looks like a canker of sorts ot the right of the p3. UGLY foot! But he's moving great! Yeah for DNPs yeah for client that want to help their horses and yeah for Mission Farrier School! Thanks for doing what you do! Aloha, Melissa

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Hey Mark and Karen,
Just wanted to drop you a line and tell you how great things are going for me here. Spring has arrived and business is booming! I have gotten a new client almost everyday this week! Everyone loves my work and my "way with the horses" and I am just so thankful that I found Mission Farrier School.
I feel like I got the best possible education, hands down! I had another new farrier come up to me a few nights ago in a restaurant, we talked horses, hooves and schools for a few minutes and he said to me, "Wow, your experience was WAY different than mine. I kinda feel like I should have spent more time choosing a school...." 
Everything we learned in class have been invaluable to me. Even the things I thought at the time that I would never have to use. I feel like not only am I good farrier, I have better horsemanship as well. After I explain what I'm doing to my clients and show them how the lower limb should function, they think it's wonderful!  I even got the chance to shoe a championship winning jumper, I was sweating that one wondering if I was going to finally have to nail a perimeter fit! The owner thought the shoes were amazing and gave me a big tip when I was done.
Anyways, I'm just really excited that my business is going well. I truly love each moment spent under a horse and love helping the ones who need a little special attention. You guys truly helped me achieve my dream.
Thank you!



From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Mark and Karen Plumlee are exceptionally proficient and professional in the operation of the school.  From the study of detailed limb anatomy, to the extensive forging exercises, to the professional nailing and hoof finishing, MFS has it all.  I strongly recommend Mission Farrier School to someone just starting out, or to the horseshoeing veteran simply looking for "more".  
As a provider for my family, walking away from a successful high tech career wasn't easy, so when I decided to make a complete occupational change to horseshoeing, I knew that I needed to choose an education that would give me the best chance to succeed.  After extensive research and personal interviews with the directors of the "top schools", I was impressed that studying at Mission Farrier School would give me the best opportunity in my new profession.  What has succeeded my expectations was the amount of success I would have, as I built my business immediately following school.  The demand for this "common sense" approach to horseshoeing is nothing short of remarkable!  Within 6 months of marketing myself, I had a full-time clientele.  But better than that was the success I had in helping horses with "incurable" lameness issues and the happiness reflected on the faces of their owners.  

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate to a prospective student


My experience at Mission Farrier School was great. Mark Plumlee is an excellent and patient instructor, a superb horse handler and a pretty darn good farrier to say the least. The curriculum is very complete including, shoeing, trimming, anatomy, lameness, horsehandling, field work and forge work. You will get a lot of hands on work both in the school shop and out in the field working on horses.

When I attended the school my horse experience was limited at best so I'm pretty sure I tested Marks patience to the limit! When I graduated I felt I was a fairly competant farrier and I continue to improve daily. If you get a chance go to There are a couple testamonials from customers that might be of interest. Post graduation support has been excellent. (I'm sure I'm still testing Marks patience!!!)

As far as building a post school client base, the demand is astonishing for professional grade farriers. If you are willing to conduct yourself as a professional, hustle, focus on customer service and quality of work, and use the natural balance principals you learn at Mission Farrier School, you will be successful. Referrals are now becoming a large part of my business because I follow the principals and procedures learned at Mission Farrier School and service the heck out of my customers.

I have had several moderately severe/difficult cases and have been successful in helping these horses so far. There is a testamonial from a client regarding this on my website. Mark spends a lot of time on lameness and it really gives you an advantage over most farriers. You will learn how to talk the talk believe me! And you will know how to walk the walk and help the horse.

Hope this helps in making your decision.

Randy Rauscher

From a Mission Farrier School Client


Hi Mark and Karen,
Thank you again for doing such a thorough and beautiful job on Jiggy's feet.

I did groundwork with her tonight and couldn't believe my eyes! She moves so differently. In her turn out she was loping around and had an extended trot that she couldn't do before. We are astonished and shocked to see how much discomfort she was in that prohibited so much of this movement, so thank you again for squeezing me in today. I so appreciate your helpfulness and educating me about her feet.  I look forward to seeing you guys again soon.  Blessings, HW  MFS Client

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate's Client


Randy is a great farrier! He is patient and very thorough. I have two quarter horses, age 19 and age 15.  The 19 year-old had terrible feet and was in such discomfort that we were concerned that we would have to put him down in the near future. Before Randy shod him, he was not rideable. He is now sound, pain free and acting like a young colt. The 15 year-old was on anti-inflammatories and Bute due to lameness. He is now off all medications, sound and pain free.  We have tried all sorts of things to help our horses and all they really needed was Randy and natural balance!  We are in constant contact with horse people of all disciplines, so we tell everyone to call Randy or find a farrier that was trained at Mission Farrier School.  It is truly amazing to see your horses go from lame and in pain to sound, rideable, pain free and happy immediately after they are shod.  MC and RC, Clients of MFS Graduate Randy R

From a Mission Farrier School Graduate


Hi Mark & Karen,

Thank you so much for the opportunity you have given me and so many others. It feels good to know the truth and the "right" way to shoe a horse. I feel lucky to be a front-runner in the battle against "bad" shoeing. I believe that God lead me to the right school. Thank you for everything you have taught me.


From a Mission Farrier School Client


Hello Mark & Karen

We were remembering that one year ago today we brought our poor, sick, lame, post surgery horse to you and asked for help. We feel so blessed that you let us into your care. We wanted you to know that Tucker is now sound, and fat and sassy and having a ball trail riding. We just wanted you to know we are thankful for you!


Ron & Jackie

Therapeutic Shoeing is a regular part of our curriculum.  Our clientele regularly include: Laminitis cases, white line disease, stumbling problems, Cushings and Peripheral Cushings cases, and veterinary referrals.  We also trim and shoe a variety of sound horses from all breeds and disciplines.  Students considering farrier school are invited to visit our facility and are encouraged to ask questions.  Please feel free to call or email to confirm an appropriate day to visit.