I would hope you would be thinking PAST high school by now. You should be. And the people who shoe horses are called FARRIERS, not "ferrier". Or they are called by their other name, which is blacksmith. I should note, however, that while all blacksmiths are farriers, not all farriers are blacksmiths,...
Best answer: I would hope you would be thinking PAST high school by now. You should be. And the people who shoe horses are called FARRIERS, not "ferrier". Or they are called by their other name, which is blacksmith. I should note, however, that while all blacksmiths are farriers, not all farriers are blacksmiths, because blacksmiths do much more than just shoe horses for a living.
If you want to become a farrier, you will need to attend farrier school and graduate, serve a few years as an apprentice to someone who's already established, and then apply for a license in your state. The best known school for farriers is in Oklahoma, near OK City. But like any top trade school, competition to get in is fierce. I hope you have decent grades, and have taken and passed at least one of the college entrance exams like the SAT or the ACT. I say this because you need to have a back up plan in the event that you can't get into farrier school right away. Since you're interested in horses and their care, perhaps you should look into going to a college or university that offers an Equine science or equine studies major. You can always get a college degree first and then go on to farrier school from there. It might actually be better to go this route, because in order to earn a decent living, you need to know more than just how to shoe a horse. You also need some business, marketing, and accounting skills, so that you can handle your finances. Farriers are business people as well as shoers, Luke. I live on my sister's farm, and the farrier who does our horses is a retired state employee who used to work for the department of transportation in my state. Being a farrier is his hobby, not his main source of income. It's not usually very smart to try to rely on something like farrier work as a primary income source, because this is a profession which is high risk. If you get hurt doing it, you could end up losing your home or worse because you can't pay the bills, Luke. And the day may come when you'll have far more than just yourself to think about. There will probably come a time when you will meet someone and get married, and start a family of your own. That's what most people do. But you can't raise children on an income which can be spotty at best, and nonexistent at worst. That's why I'm telling you that you need to get more than just a farrier's certification if you want to have a decent lifestyle and eventually be able to retire comfortably the way our farrier has done.
Shoeing horses isn't a walk in the park, either. It's hard, physical work, and you have to be prepared to be outside in all kinds of weather. You'll run across horses that kick, bite, lean on you, or are just plain mean and dangerous to be around- every horse professional has these experiences. There will be times when you'll have to deal with emergency situations, just like a vet would. But if you love horses enough, and love living and working outside in all kinds of weather and with all kinds of people, then perhaps this profession will be for you.
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