The first thing that you will need to do to learn how to become a farrier is too simply decide that you want to be one. The next thing is to not listen to the voices that tell you that you can’t and only talk to people about your decision that will encourage you to go for it. Every horse person will have an opinion of how a horse should be shod and they will gladly share it with you even if you don’t ask for it, so be prepared to politely listen to their opinion then promptly forget what they said. This will prevent you from having to unlearn some things which is harder to do than it is to learn something right the first time. This will greatly minimize confusion in the beginning.
Horseshoeing is an art that you will continue to improve upon until you make the decision to quit. You will have to have some physical strength and be able to work in a bent over posture for long periods of time. This is where you will really need your encouraging friends to help you to keep the determination to press on. It takes most people 4 to 6 hours in the beginning to get shoes on a horse. This will wake up sore muscles that you didn’t even know you had. Whining about this only seems to make it last longer but determination and a good attitude will get you over the hump in the beginning and before you know it you will be shaving your time down to where you can shoe a horse and do a good job in less than an hour.
You will learn how to position yourself so that the horse shoeing process is easier on you and your horse. This learning period will be directly tied to your level of determination and the number of horses you have an opportunity to get under. You will doubt yourself and question why you thought learning to shoe a horse was a good idea. This is normal and everyone will experience this mental and physical war and this is where I come into play to encourage through this spot and also to teach you positioning and techniques that I have learned during my now over 3 decades of experience in both horse shoeing and teaching people to shoe a horse. I know myself that when I was first learning to shoe I had to choose one person to listen to about how it should be done. I made it through the begging stages and you will too.
You will need to have good farrier tools to work with and good instruction along with a cooperative horse and your desire to learn how to become a farrier and before you know it you will be one!