Farrier Science

Farrier Science prepares students as professional, trained farriers able to work on most types of horses. A combination of classroom and lab coursework focuses on equine anatomy as it pertains to farrier science, conformation fault analysis, disease, leg and hoof lameness and corresponding therapeutic measures. Upon program completion the farrier will have gained sufficient knowledge of the anatomy of the horse's leg and the practiced experience to retain true gaits of horses, improve or correct faulty gaits, alleviate disorders of the feet, and provide relief for the injured limb or hoof. Techniques are practiced on local, privately owned horses, providing students the chance to work with horse owners in a business setting. The Farrier Science curriculum complies with standards set by the American Farrier's Association and is reviewed by an advisory board composed of local and regional industry members.

Career Opportunities

    • Most individuals are self-employed Farriers.


Jeffrey Engler

Phone: (509) 527-4291

Walla Walla Campus 500 Tausick Way Walla Walla, WA 99362


Walla Walla Community College's Farrier Science program trains students to become professional, prepared farriers with the knowledge and skills necessary to work on many types of horses.

Program Outcomes

  • Competency Skills: demonstrate safe shop practices utilizing basic tools and equipment as evaluated by instructors on a daily basis; demonstrate high levels of efficiency in the trimming and shoeing of the horses provided for laboratory experience.
  • People Skills: demonstrate high levels of successful interaction with clients who provide horses for lab work; demonstrate high levels of cooperation with fellow students and instructors as noted by instructors.
  • Business Skills: demonstrate necessary skills in operating a sound business.


WWCC Farrier Science program complies with standards set by the American Farriers’ Association, which is the only viable standard in the US and Canada.


Industry Description

Farriers are trained in the art and science of trimming and shoeing horses of all breeds. They trim the hoof to remove extra growth and to align the bone structure of the leg so it meets the ground squarely. The process that farriers use involves removing the old shoe, cleaning out the dead exfoliating material, and then using nippers to remove excess hoof wall growth. The foot is then made flat using the rasp. Horse shoes are shaped to fit the hoof and nailed on. Due to popularity and diverse uses of horses, there is a steady demand for qualified farriers throughout the world.