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Heartland Horseshoeing School
327 SW 1st Lane, Lamar, MO 64759
(417) 682-6896




The School

The Philosophy

Instructional Methods

Grading System

Student Progress and Evaluation

Attendance Policy

Conduct and Dress

General Information

Termination

Thank You



Heartland Horseshoeing School is located approximately 20 miles North of Carthage, Missouri, and 3 miles south of Lamar, Missouri, on a 10 acre farm. The classroom and free housing are in a renovated 2 story dairy barn, and includes all the amenities of home in a bunk-house setting. The shop is a 40' X 60' metal building equipped with forges, anvils, shoeing bays, and all of the modern equipment necessary to shoe horses. There is also an office and private shop on the premises. The school was founded on the 12th day of April, 1995.

The Philosophy
The training at HHS is tailored to the needs of the individual in developing a high degree of confidence in their ability. These teaching methods allow students to enter the farrier industry with pride, confidence, and a great deal of knowledge.

The horse is a noble beast that has no say in what happens to it. Tied by a lead rope, the horse has come under the nippers of many an unskilled horseshoer. This is not acceptable to the horse, the horses¹ owner, or the farrier. The horse-owning public is quickly becoming aware that there is a difference between right and wrong. There are no gray areas where this is concerned. It is the responsibility of anyone who wishes to pursue this craft you become as knowledgeable, proficient, and correct as humanly possible. This is the standard and goal that we all must achieve, as well as what is demanded here at HHS.
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Instructional Methods
Everyone has a different strength when it comes to learning. Some people can learn anything from a book, while some people need to see it applied, and do it themselves before it sinks in. At HHS, the student will be taught with every method, in order to assure that the student understands and can apply what is being presented.
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Grading System
The grading system employed by HHS is a simple percentage system. Students will receive a grade for every aspect of their training. This grade will be represented by a number between 0 and 100. Each student must maintain a minimum of 65% in all aspects of their training in order to receive a certificate of completion at the end of their program. Transcripts are available on written request, if all financial obligations to HHS have been met by the student.
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Student Progress and Evaluation
Throughout the training at HHS, students will be evaluated. With the exception of the Farriers Blacksmith course and National Certification Course, grades are divided into four separate categories:

  • Forge Projects
  • Attendance and Cooperation
  • Written Test Scores
  • Final Horse Score



Student progress is monitored each week in the beginner courses, and remedial training is assigned to students who are unable to maintain the minimum of a 65% average. Any student who does not maintain this average will be given a written warning and suggested additional training to come up to speed. The remedial plan will determine a time frame in which the student is expected to improve. If the student is still unable to bring up their academic average, they may be terminated from training.
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Attendance Policy
Regular attendance is a requisite for all students. The responsibility of attendance rests entirely on the student. A student will be allowed to miss 10% of any course without being terminated. If the student misses more than 10%, then the student will be terminated from training. The school may elect to re-enroll the student, providing the student agrees to the meet the attendance requirements. 10% of the course will be calculated in days instead of hours. Education is a precious thing, and the more you miss, the less you will gain.
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Conduct and Dress
We do not enforce a stringent dress code, however, students must dress in clothes that will provide adequate protection. Shorts are not allowed for work in the forge, or for working on horses. Students are expected to behave in a courteous and respectful manner both on the premises and away. Cussing is not allowed.

We sometimes take overnight field trips to contests and clinics. No drinking is allowed on these trips at any time whatsoever, whether in the presence of school staff or in private. Students are not allowed to have any alcohol on school premises, or to remain on school premises while under the influence.
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General Information
Classes run from 7:00 am, until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. This allows for 50 contact hours per week with instructors. If you divide the price of any of the courses you are interested in by the total number if hours, you will then find out the cost per hour for your desired course. You should do this for every school in which you are interested.

The housing is free, however there will be a $25 cleaning deposit charged to all students who wish to stay at the facility. This deposit will be returned to all students if the barracks are left in a clean and neat manner. It will be kept from all students if the barracks are left dirty.
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Thank You
Thank you for your interest in Heartland Horseshoeing School. We are proud of what our graduates have accomplished and hope that you can add your name to the list of successful farriers who have graduated from HHS. If you have any questions, please don¹t hesitate to email, call, write, or stop by.
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