frequently asked questions

What does it cost to attend horseshoeing school?

In 1968 the average cost of attending farrier school was $2400.  The average cost to shoe a horse was $12 a head.  At that price, a graduate would have to shoe 200 horses to pay for his/her schooling.  Currently, our tuition is $12,000.  The average cost to shoe a horse is anywhere from $65 - $150 a head.  If we figure low at $80 a head (which our graduates should be able to get in all but the most rural or economically depressed parts of the country), a graduate would have to shoe only 100 horses to pay for his/her schooling.  So, while the dollar amount sounds high, the relative cost is half that of 1968.  At Mission Farrier School, we teach only 3 sessions per year.  Our class sizes are kept as small as possible to allow each student the best learning opportunity.  The instruction and understanding of healthy foot function that you will receive here, we believe makes it worth it.  Of course you will learn to trim a foot and nail on horseshoes.  But you will also learn much more.  You will learn to evaluate feet for healthy foot function, and you will understand why we trim feet the way we do, and why we choose the shoe that we do, as well as evaluate a horse’s “way of going”, lamenesses, and get hands-on experience in therapeutic shoeing.  Egg bar shoes are no longer the answer to most lameness issues.  As one of our clients, Becky says, it’s like typewriters or computers.  Old technology or new technology? 

Still, where can you get education and start up business costs for a $12,000 - $17,000 investment?  If you are serious, about shoeing horses for a career, this is a wise investment in your own future and in the health and well being of your future clients. 

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Does everyone who applies to Mission Farrier School get accepted into the program?

No.  We are looking for dedicated students willing to do what ever it takes to make a difference.  We want students who are specifically looking for the type of farrier science that we teach.  Natural Balance farrierscience is no-longer considered a “fad” by most intelligent, educated people.   Gene Ovnicek’s hoof studies in the late 1980’s (www.hopeforsoundness.com), and thousands of horses since then, have shown us the merits of this type of foot preparation (trim) and setting appropriate breakover.  It is the horses themselves that prove what is true.  If you are serious, very serious about making a difference, then we’d like to have you as a student.  Give us a call or email to set-up a telephone interview.  If you are looking for the “traditional” way of nailing on horseshoes, still give us a call, and we’d be happy to recommend several very good traditional schools

PS:  We hate to label horseshoeing as conventional, traditional, old-fashioned or natural balance.  Labels create division.  We hope someday it can all be called just good, sound horseshoeing.


The farrier trade is one of the fastest growing trades in the United States, due to the rise in horse ownership.  According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the demand for qualified professional farriers is expected to grow 35-40% over the next few years.   Fact is, there is plenty of work out there.  If graduates will show up on time, return phone calls promptly, and learn to communicate to the horse owners why they are shoeing the horse the way they are, most will have all the business they ever want.   

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 Do you guarantee that graduates of Mission Farrier School can get work?


Our student’s success is of great importance to us, and while we have no control over what students choose to do once they graduate from our program, we make every effort to give them both the knowledge and the skills necessary to make the best decision they can for the horse.  Our priority is in graduating a few very good farriers, men and women who can go out and discuss a horse’s needs with the owners, then meet that horse’s needs for healthy functioning feet, whether that be barefoot, simple shoes, or advanced therapeutic support packages.  Our graduates are invited back for a free continuing education audit of class, one week per year, by prior arrangement.


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