Advanced Skills Farrier Exam


The practical portion of the higher level exam will consist of a candidate shoeing a complete horse with handmade shoes.  The hind feet of the horse will be shod with open heeled, 3/4 fullered shoes and quarter clips.  The front feet will be shod with a pair of shoes from the list of shoes.  Each candidate will draw for the type of shoes to be made for the front feet.  More time will be allowed for some shoes as described in the list of shoes to be used on the horse.

Candidates should bring a shoe display of at least 7 handmade shoes from the list of shoes for display.

Each candidate will take a written test that consists of 20 short-answer, essay, or drawing questions. There will be a 2 1/2 hour time limit for the written exam.

There is a forging portion of the exam, which requires the candidate to draw from the list of shoes for display.  The candidate will be given one hour to make the shoe they have drawn as detailed by the examiner.  The examiner will detail the type of material, dimensions, and modifications desired for the shoe that has been drawn.

Receiving a FITS CertificateThere is an oral portion of the exam, where a candidate will sit down with the examiners for a period of 30 minutes and answer any shoeing related question deemed appropriate by the examiners.

It is the intention of this exam to be difficult, and as such, it will give those that pass the exam a certain amount of credibility in the international farrier community.  This exam will be judged at the highest level, and candidates can expect to work hard to earn their certificates.


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