Is becoming a farrier right for me?
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How to become a Farrier
A Bachelor's Degree in Equine Science teaches students about horse anatomy, physiology, health, nutrition, breeding, and behavior. Many programs also cover the business aspects of the field.
Most farriers begin as apprentices where they can fine tune their skills and get advice from a seasoned professional. Apprenticeships can begin at anytime, regardless of prior training.
Becoming a certified farrier is not a requirement in the US, but formal credentials indicate that a farrier has met a standard of professional competence, and can use the term 'certified' when advertising.
There are three major certification groups in the US:
- The American Farriers Association (AFA)
- The Guild of Professional Farriers (GPF)
- The Brotherhood of Working Farriers (BWFA)
These associations offer supply purchase discounts, insurance plans, and continuing education clinics.