“The Farrier Science program is longer than others that are offered, so students have more to draw on when they’re finished. It takes a couple of years to get started in the business. The apprenticeship is good because you get a hands-on feel for the business. You find out exactly what it’s like to work as a farrier.”

Brian Rusnak, Still Meadows Ranch

Program Description

The Farrier Science certificate program is one of a kind. The farrier program at Olds College has a fully equipped state-of-the art farrier lab that has been referred to as the best seen to date by AFA (American Farrier Association) examiners. Unique clinics with specialized farriers and product representatives expose students to new materials and techniques for applications such as performance or reconstruction.

Our Farrier Science certificate program is recognized as providing the finest farrier programming in North America. The program covers trimming, forging and fitting handmade shoes combined with horse anatomy, physiology, welding, record keeping and business management. Our students benefit from hands-on working field trips to various locations such as: Warner Ranch, Ya Ha Tinda, and the University of Calgary Veterinary program.  At the end of the course students are also given the option to undertake the American Farrier Association certification exam.

The farrier facility is equipped with 12 Gas forges and 4 Coal Forges, a classroom with computers and projector, and a 16 foot workshop trailer for industry field trips. We have built a strong reputation since the 1960’s with a lengthy list of Farrier Alumni representing Canada in World Farrier competitions.

This data comes from our academic database and is for the most current academic year.

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Enrolment Advisor

Nicole Hopkins
Admissions Officer

Phone: 403-507-7711
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6537
Fax: (403) 556-4711
Email: horses@oldscollege.ca

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