Why become a farrier?
Simple, because you love horses.
Today's farrier doesn't just put shoes on horses. They have experience handling a variety of horses and through hard work and study are equine hoof-care specialists. Your role as a farrier is to improve a horse's comfort and make sure they're living their best life.
Certificate in Farrier Science
If you love horses and want a career working with them, KPU's new Certificate in Farrier Science program is your pathway to achieving that.
A farrier is an expert in equine hoof care, with a deep knowledge of horse anatomy and physiology. Farriery is a physical, but rewarding career.
Our program offers you a mix of classroom instruction and applied learning to prepare you to deliver exceptional care to any horse.
The initial intake for this new program will begin their studies on October 26, 2020 and finish on June 4, 2021 (30 weeks). As a result of the pandemic, students will study online from October 26, 2020 to November 20, 2020. The online component of the program allows you to begin your studies while adhering to the advice of the Provincial Health Officer regarding physical distancing.
We plan to have you come to campus in November where the focus shifts to hands-on learning in the Farrier Barn at KPU Tech in Cloverdale. This will be done in a carefully managed way to protect the health and safety of all our students and instructors.
We look forward to welcoming you into our new Farrier Sciences program and building what is possible for your equine career.
New Certificate in Farrier Science. Fall 2020 Update.
Who Studies Farrier Science?
The obvious answer: anyone who loves horses. But studying farrier science needs more than a love of horses.
A farrier is entrepreneurial, self-motivated and wants to be their own boss. They are resourceful and enjoy solving problems. Farriers also enjoy physically demanding work and working outdoors.
If you have experience working with horses and are looking to turn that passion into a career, this program will get you job-ready and prepared for your future as a farrier.
This 30-week program teaches you the knowledge, skills and behaviours to work proficiently as a qualified farrier, meeting the needs of horse owners in a variety of equine disciplines, and maintaining and improving the well-being of their horses.
During this program, you'll gain an understanding of equine anatomy and physiology, and the necessary skills to carry out farriery in a safe, humane and empathic manner, allowing you to adapt your work to the needs of each horse. The applied learning portion of your program, teaches you how to handle horses, trim hooves, forge and shape metal, make horseshoes, and shoe horses.
Personal Protective Equipment and Tools
For your safety we require you to dress appropriately while working in the farrier barn. You must wear CSA approved steel-toed work boots that cover the ankles, safety glasses, hearing protection and a farrier’s leather apron. Long hair must be tied back and tied up.
Beyond safety gear, you must purchase your tools before starting the program. The cost of tools is approximately $2,200. A full list of tools, equipment and supplies will be provided by the instructor.
A practicum (FARR 1140) ensures hands-on skill development, exposing you to farriery in the field. An ePortfolio (FARR 1150) provides you with the opportunity to document, track and reflect on your classroom, shop, and field experiences and build your professional network.
For the first 4 weeks you'll study online with the instructor four days. On the fifth day you'll start developing your industry connections by researching, investigating and interviewing farriers, veterinarians, farrier suppliers and others areas of the horse industry. This will be the beginning of your e-portfolio, detailing how you are reaching out and interacting with your new network.
In these times of social and physical distancing, you will conduct these conversations in a safe manner, using video chat, phone or by other electronic means wherever possible. This online component allows you to begin your studies while adhering to the physical distancing measures.
Fall 2020 Update
We plan to have you come to campus in late November to start learning hands-on in the Farrier Barn at KPU Tech in Cloverdale. This will be done in a carefully managed way to protect the health and safety of all our students and instructors. This portion of your program teaches you how to handle horses, trim hooves, forge and shape metal, make horseshoes and shoe horses.
From March through May each student will spend 240 hours working alongside a professional farrier gaining first hand knowledge of a successful farrier practice. Students will use the e-portfolio to demonstrate how their learning is applied in the field.
Marie Leginus, Certificate in Advanced Farrier Training
Depending on the sector of the industry you work in, you'll have the opportunity to work in many different environments, everything from ranches to racetracks, and with a variety of different horse breeds.
In addition to farriery, the certificate can open doors to work in the following equine industry sectors:
Graduates from KPU's farrier program have gone on to successful careers around the world, as well as to compete at the international level.
Gerard Laverty - Instructor
Gerard Laverty has a thirty year career as a working farrier in several different countries. Gerard’s career began in the early seventies in the North of Ireland.Learn More
Marie Leginus - Substitute Instructor
Marie Laginus has been shoeing horses for 9 years. She is a a graduate from the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Farrier program and in 2009 passed the American Farriers Association Journeyman Farrier exam.Learn More
Michele Hague - Program Assistant
Michele Hague is a journeyman farrier and has been shoeing for 30 years. She has a great passion for horses and also spends a great deal of time three-day eventing.Learn More