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Farrier Program: Available Courses

The College of Veterinary Medicine is proud to offer two courses in farriery.

The program is housed in the Equine Hospital of the Cornell University Hospital for Animals.

Horses Hooves

General Farrier Course


This course is designed for persons with a demonstrated interest in farriery who have independently acquired some of the basic skills of the farrier trade.

The 16-week program provides students with practical knowledge of related anatomy, fundamental aspects of shoeing and fabrication of shoes.

Three sessions are offered each year beginning in January, April, and September. The time schedule for each 16-week session with 40 hours per week of course work is as follows:

25 hrs in anatomy of the horse's foot
30 hrs in theory of therapeutic shoeing
385 hrs of forge work
200 hrs in trimming feet, fitting and nailing shoes


Farriery is a physically demanding profession. Applicants must be able to lift 75 pounds and be in reasonable physical condition for the work.

It is the responsibility of each student to provide themselves with the following equipment necessary to participate in the course:

Steel toed shoes, apron, safety glasses and hearing protection, driving hammer, rounding hammer, hoof knife, tongs, shoe puller, E-head stamp, 2 pritchels, hoof nippers, rasps with handles, pull offs, fuller (creaser), clinchers, clinch block, clinch cutter

PROOF OF CURRENT HEALTH INSURANCE IS REQUIRED upon acceptance. The student must provide documentation of current health insurance coverage while enrolled in the program. Documentation must be provided when the deposit is paid upon acceptance. A copy of the valid insurance card clearly showing name, effective date and expiration date or a letter from the insurance company stating that coverage will be in effect for the duration of the program will be accepted as proof.


General Farrier Course tuition is $7000.00. A deposit of $3500.00 is required within two weeks of notification of acceptance. The remaining balance of $3500.00 is due prior to the beginning course work.


Advanced Farrier Course


A one-week course is available to practicing farriers with at least two years of experience and to active veterinarians interested in the latest advances in farriery techniques.

This course will also provide advanced training for those interested in pursuing certification through the American Farriers' Association.

Scheduling and availability for this course is flexible and is determined by the instructor in cooperation with the applicant. Space is limited. The advance course runs concurrently with the 16 week farrier program.

Tuition for this one-week course is $450.00. Please call the instructor at (607)253-3127 for further details.


A non-refundable $25.00 application fee must accompany the application.

References and a written statement as to why you are interested in participating in the Farrier Program also must be included in the application.

A personal interview with the instructor is required prior to acceptance. This may be in person or by phone and is the applicant's responsibility to arrange.

Acceptance is probationary during the first two weeks of the program. Satisfactory performance and adherence to the Guidelines for the Farrier Program, as outlined on a separate page in the application package, will allow the student to complete the course.
Applicants for admission to the Farrier Program will be accepted up to 60 days prior to the beginning of the next session. Notification of acceptance will be sent approximately 6 weeks prior to the beginning of the next session.

Preference is given to those who have a demonstrated history and a proven desire to make working with horses their profession.

Due to limited facilities, only 3 applicants may be accepted for each 16-week program. There is no waiting list. If the applicant is not accepted, the applicant may reapply.
Accommodations and transportation are the responsibility of the student.