The Kentucky Horseshoeing School has become one of the most cutting edge farrier education facilities in operation today and just this month, it became an accredited school.
A farrier is a blacksmith who specializes in horses and horse shoes.
Founded in 1978, the Kentucky Horseshoeing School focuses on primary and continuing education using state of the art practices and technology. It features a 29 month program that teaches both theory and practice.
Students come from all around the country and world to train at the school. There is no required training in the U.S. to become a farrier.
Luke Graham is a student at the school who heard about the schools reputation while living in England.
“I came here with a bit of experience but coming here is a whole new experience,” said Graham.
Once Graham finishes the program and an apprenticeship, he plans to take his skills back to England to work and hopefully start his own business.
Mitch Taylor is the school owner and director. He says becoming a farrier is both an art and a science.
“If one understands all the elements of what we do, they understand the anatomy of what we do, they understand the anatomy of that foot, we can safely put shoes on and that will enhance the horses comfort level,” said Taylor.
The Kentucky Horseshoeing School is the only, free standing, accredited, farrier school in the country. There are colleges with farrier programs but KHS is the only school completely dedicated to it.
The school was accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges on September 6, 2013. This means the school is held to the standards of a horseshoeing college and allows students to apply for student loans which Taylor says benefits the students’ education.
“They can slow down, they can learn the trade correctly, they can do the apprenticeship and then pay back the loans as they start working,” said Taylor.
KHS says it is always looking for more horses to shoe and trim. It is located at 3612 Lexington Road, Richmond, KY.