Farrier Training (FARR)
This is a list of the Farrier Training (FARR) courses available at KPU.
Enrolment in some sections of these courses is restricted to students in particular programs. See the Course Planner - kpu.ca/registration/timetables - for current information about individual courses.
For information about transfer of credit amongst institutions in B.C. and to see how individual courses transfer, go to the BC Transfer Guide bctransferguide.ca
Introduction to Farriery
Students will learn the professional responsibilities of the trade and the role of the modern farrier within the equine industry. They will learn and practice the essential requirements and habits of a safe work environment for both farrier and horse. Students will develop and execute a personal fitness plan. They will also review the fundamentals of effective horse handling.
Introduction to Equine Anatomy
Students will study the conformation of the horse. They will explore the anatomy of the horse with an emphasis on the limb and hoof in preparation for basic shoeing exercises.
Introduction to Equine Management for Farriers
Students will study and practice the basic elements of horse care and management relevant to farriery. Students will manage average and difficult horses in preparation for both trimming and shoeing.
Introduction to Forge Work
Students will learn the basic skills to hot forge mild steel using hand tools. They will learn how to operate natural gas and propane forges and use a variety of anvils common in the farrier industry.
Introduction to Horse Hoof Trimming
The student will learn to assess hoof health and conformation and the trimming needs of average horses to be barefoot. They will practice trimming fore and hind hooves on horses kept barefoot.
Introduction to Forging Horseshoes
The student will learn the techniques to efficiently produce hot forged horse shoes, from mild steel, for the average horse.
Students will learn the essentials of running a small business servicing the equine industry. They will examine the diversity of equine conformation and how it is connected to leg and hoof problems. They will work with moderately challenging horses and will execute a personal fitness plan.
Prerequisites: FARR 1121 and 1123
Physiology of the Equine Leg and Hoof
Student will learn the physiology of individual tissues and the limb, of the horse, as a complete unit. They will study extrinsic and intrinsic factors affecting limb physiology. They will learn trimming and shoeing adaptations to improve hoof function and comfort of the horse.
Prerequisites: FARR 1122
Equine Hoof Trimming
Students will work with moderately challenging horses, trimming fore and hind hooves for both barefoot and shoeing situations. They will practice trimming tool repair and maintenance.
Prerequisites: FARR 1123 and FARR 1125
Intermediate Horseshoe Forging
Students will learn and practice a variety of forging techniques to modify horseshoes to meet the demands of a variety of equine sports. They will also explore horse show rules governing farriery.
Prerequisites: FARR 1124 and 1126
Students will practice efficient fitting and application of horseshoes to fore and hind hooves of horses. Students will shoe client horses with premade and custom forged shoes for a range of equine disciplines, and individual needs of the horse-owner. Students will modify shoes to meet individual needs of various horses.
Prerequisites: FARR 1121 and 1222 and 1123 and 1124 and 1125 and 1126
Students will learn the techniques to efficiently produce tools used in the farrier and blacksmith trade. They will explore the use of non-traditional materials for hoof repair and shoeing of horses. Students will execute a personal fitness plan.
Prerequisites: FARR 1221
Equine Disease and Lameness
Students will study diseases of the horse with an emphasis on diseases of the limbs and hooves and the relationship to lameness. They will examine the correlation between conformation, management and disease. Students will study the gaits of the horse to develop understanding how gait relates to evidence of lameness. They will explore the role of the farrier and the relationship to veterinary practice.
Prerequisites: FARR 1222
Students will study basic theories, principles and processes for the treatment of disease and lameness of the limb and hoof of the horse from a farrier perspective. Students will conduct lameness exams and develop trimming and shoeing solutions for live horses.
Prerequisites: FARR 1222 and 1224 and 1225
Students will learn and practice methods to work safely and successfully on the most difficult horses. They will learn management techniques for horses displaying a variety of behavior challenges. They will study the development of the equine limb from birth to maturity. Students will practice efficient trimming and shoeing methods.
Prerequisites: FARR 1223 and 1224 and 1225