Horse owners know how important hoof care is. You also know it can be expensive and time consuming. This course will help save you time and money.

During this 2 1/2 day hands-on course, you will learn

  • Hoof anatomy
  • The basics of hoof care
  • How to treat minor hoof problems
  • When to call the farrier

You will practice trimming in a supervised setting. If you would like to put your newly acquired knowledge to use immediately, you have the opportunity to bring your own horses on the last day of the course; this way you can trim your horses for the first time with assistance & guidance from your instructor.

This is a hands-on course, so please arrive wearing appropriate clothing, gloves and footwear. In order to participate in this course, you are also required to have the farrier tools as outlined below:

• Gloves
• Appropriate clothing for variable weather
• Hoof nippers
• Rasp with handle
• Hoof knife
• Footwear appropriate for standing on concrete floor & working around horses (Steel toed boots are strongly recommended)
• Farrier chaps are not required but are also strongly recommended for your comfort and safety

Course Details

Course Dates/Times

March 9 - 11, 2018

Fri: 7-10 pm
Sat & Sun : 9am-4:30 pm 

Delivery Method 

On Campus - Hands-on

Course length 

2 days + 1 evening






Olds College - Farrier Lab


$299 + GST

Other fees


Required Text & Materials 

Trimming tools as listed above

Registration Deadline

Registrations are accepted as long as seats are available. This course fills quickly, so you are encouraged to register early!

Other details

This course does not include stabling. If you select to bring your own horse to trim on Sunday, and require stabling - locating appropriate stabling facilities is your responsibility. Depending on the timing of your course, Olds College stables may be available, but if they are full, you can enquire about space at the Olds Regional Exhibition:

If you bring your own horse on campus, please observe the following:

  • Your horse must be calm, well-broke and tie.
  • No stallions are allowed on campus
  • Please ensure the health of your horse (& up to date vaccinations) before bringing your horse on campus - One week prior to arrival, please ensure that you have submitted the required Biosecurity Agreement

Frequently Asked Questions

Can youth take this course?
For our equine short courses, there is technically no age restriction. As long as a student is 13, independent (no parents along to oversee) or over and feels confident with the subject (in this case they are comfortable/experienced handling horses), then we will allow them to enroll. We have had a number of teenagers take most of the short equine courses over the years and they have been successful.

Will I receive a certificate for completing this course?
Yes, you will receive a certificate of participation. Please note that this does not in any way 'certify' you to practice trimming horses for other people, it only recognizes that you have completed the course.

Can I bring my own horse to trim?
Yes - on the last day of class, you are able to bring your horse to the farrier lab and trim your horse under the supervision of the instructors. Please note this is not a requirement to bring your horse, just an available option.


Continuing Education

Some recent comments from students:

  • "Great Course!Really enjoyed it, very knowledgeable instructor" (Spring, 2015)
  • "Bari was very easy to approach, makes people feel comfortable. 100% professional, thanks!" (Spring, 2015)
  • "I have already recommended this course to others" (Spring, 2015) 
  • "Very friendly - adds a lot of personal experience" (Spring, 2015)
  • "Very good instructor - lots of common sense" (Fall, 2014)
  • "Great! Very Informative, exceeded expectations!" (Fall, 2014)
  • "Thanks for taking the time to answer questions" (Fall, 2014)


For More Information:

Continuing Education Department

Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537 

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