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  • Course options NFTP

    Course options NFTP

    National Farrier Training Program (NFTP)

    Students who are invited into the NFTP are required to complete the Thirty-Six Week Career Track Course. Because each student placed in an Internship carries with them the recommendation and reputation of KHS, it is our mission to ensure that the student receives the most comprehensive and extensive training possible. This program is designed specifically to prepare the student for that purpose.

    Upon successful achievement of the ranking of “high distinction” students are invited to enter into paid apprentice with a well qualified and experienced farrier within the USA. Students shall reside with or close to the farrier’s origin of business and serve as an apprentice for a minimum period of One (1) Year. During this time, students are evaluated by the overseeing farrier in a number of strategic criteria. Evaluations are formally conducted on a quarterly basis using an online survey designed to assess all practical skill developments.

    Upon successful completion of all Internship survey categories by the final quarter, students return to the KHS to complete their final examinations. The students who successfully complete the requirements for the NFTP are a select few. It takes dedication to craft and a true personal commitment.  Those select few are now practicing at the top of the farrier chain, with success far-outreaching most long-practicing farriers.

    Once complete, your name will be added to the permanent display at KHS as one of the few select who have achieved this standard. You can see the names of these few at the Kentucky Horseshoeing School.

    “I think I can describe Mitch’s relationship to the farrier profession as someone who has vision and passion for the farrier (profession). I base this not just from watching him teach students or work on horses, but because after 23 years of military service, I have seen instructors with these qualities and floundered under instructors without them. “—John Foldberg, Lt. Col., USMC, ret., Aatascadero , CA (CF) 2003

    “Having previously earned 2 Masters degrees, going to horseshoeing school was a profound change in my life. I researched between 20-25 schools throughout the country and chose Kentucky Horseshoeing School. It was the right decision! Prior to going to Kentucky , I had never swung a hammer in my life. I now work with an excellent farrier in Southern California . I love it and am happy for the first time in a long time. I can’t help but to highly recommend Mitch Taylor and the Kentucky Horseshoeing School for anyone serious about becoming a good farrier”.—Robert Kagan, Santa Monica , CA 1992


    Thirty-Six-Week with Internship
    125 hrs.
    Cadaver leg trimming
    15 hrs.
    Live horse trimming
    1000 hrs.
    Forging Demonstrations
    120 hrs.
    Shop Forging
    900 hrs.
    Shoeing Horses
    1000 hrs.
    20 hrs.
    20 hrs.
    3200 hrs.


    If the student is terminated from, or terminates, the internship, the KHS is not responsible for finding a replacement mentor.