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American Farrier School Student Manual


Student Rights

Some personal freedoms and rights of students include, but are not limited to:

  1. A right to pursue an education free from discrimination based upon sex, race, color, cultural background, national origin, religion, political creed, marital status, veteran status, actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability or age.

  2. A right to fair and impartial academic evaluation.

  3. A right to be free from involuntary disclosure of private information that professors or administrators acquire in the course of their work as advisors, examples include information regarding their gender identity, sexual orientation, health information, personal views, beliefs and political associations.

  4. A right to have IHS maintain and protect the private status of all educational records except as directed by appropriate legal authority.

  5. Students may have a right to participate in formulating and evaluating institutional policies.

  6. Students may upgrade their course for a longer course at any time and pay the difference in cost between the 2 courses. They may not however receive any refund for downgrading their course to a shorter course during the course period.


Student Responsibilities

Each student has the responsibility:

  1. To act in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights or property of others.

  2. To maintain an atmosphere that promotes respect for learning and human dignity.

  3. To know and comply with IHS rules.

  4. To facilitate the learning environment and the process of learning, including attending class regularly, completing class assignments, and coming to class prepared.

  5. To recognize the school’s obligation to provide an environment conducive for learning and academic inquiry.

  6. To uphold and maintain academic and professional honesty and integrity and to adhere to the academic requirements determined by individual instructors.

  7. To serve as a responsive bystander and report safety concerns


Grievance Process

1. Whenever a student believes that he or she has been adversely affected by a decision of a another individual on campus, the student may file a grievance as provided in this policy.

  1. A grievance must be submitted to the IHS school director as soon as possible but no later than 30 days after disclosure or discovery of the facts giving rise to the grievance. For a grievance submitted after the 30 day period that claims a violation, misapplication or misinterpretation of state or federal law, the AFS school director shall determine whether the grievance will be investigated after considering factors such as the reason for the delay; the extent of the delay; the effect of the delay on the ability of the school system to investigate and respond to the complaint; and whether the investigation of the complaint is necessary to meet any legal obligations. However, students should recognize that delays in filing a grievance may significantly impair the ability of AFS to investigate and respond effectively to such complaints.

  2. A student who has a grievance must provide the following information in writing to the school director: (1) the name of the individual whose decision or action is at issue; (2) the specific decision(s) or action(s) at issue; (3) any school policy, state or federal law, state or federal regulation, or State Board of Education policy or procedure that the student believes has been misapplied, misinterpreted, or violated; and (4) the specific resolution desired

Calendar of study

  1. We accept new students the first Monday of every month. Registration occurs on the day of the first day of class. New Courses will begin the first Monday of every month until the end of November.

  2. Due to the accelerated pace of our courses, IHS operates 5 days a week, regardless of publicly recognized holidays.

a. During December, there will not be class in session and class will resume the first Monday of January.

Course description

The student must attend their selected course >80% of the selected course. Students must also average 80% on written, forging, and final test.


Courses made available:

  1. 16 Week Journeyman Farrier Course: Our goal for our 16-week students is for them to be prepared to take the highest and most difficult level of certification offered in the United States, which is the AFA Certified Journeyman Farrier test.

  2. 8 Week Certified Farrier Course: Our goal is for you to be ready to take and pass the AFA (American Farriers Association) Certified Farrier test and start a successful career as a professional farrier. Shoeing for specific breeds, anatomy, and correctional shoeing will be covered in this course.

  3. 4 Week Farrier Fundamentals Course: In the fundamentals course, you will study basic anatomy of the hoof and leg. You will share barn space with the 8-week students, but your focus will be how to achieve a balanced trim, pull shoes, and forge basic projects. This is a great intro class for those that are not interested in becoming a professional farrier.

There are no prerequisites to any of the above course selections.

The student must attend the course >80% of the selected course. Students must also average 80% on written, forging, and final test.



Available Resources for Students

1. Due to the nature of the school, a tutor is always onsite while students are in the forge. Whether this be the head instructor, or another experienced student identified as a tutor, there will be access to one all throughout the day.

a. After hours tutoring sessions can be scheduled with the head instructor. 2. There are no dedicated job placement services as part of our program due to the entrepreneurial type of work we do; however, our program will not only give you opportunities to learn the farrier trade, but also instruct you on how to build rapport with clients since most horses we work on come from the public.



  1. Full payment is due the first day of class

  2. $500 Deposit is Non Refundable

  3. Course fees are as follows:

  • 16 Week Journeyman Course $12500  

  • 8 Week Certified Course $9400

  • 4 Week Fundamentals Course $5200

Refund policy:

1. For every completed day at IHS, $500 will be deducted from the paid tuition. If the student wishes to withdrawal from their chosen course before completing the first 2 weeks, the student will be refunded the tuition amount minus the number of days completed multiplied by $500.

a. (12500 – (500*3)) = $11000. (Refund example for 3 days completed of the 16-week course.)

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