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Thank you for coming to Heartland Horseshoeing School’s website. This is a unique place in the awesome world of the farrier’s trade. HHS is a Mecca for great farriers that want to improve their abilities, and it is the birthplace of many of today’s farrier industry leaders. Perhaps you will be the next star of this amazing craft, and HHS is the best place for you to start.

This is not an easy school. HHS attracts some of the finest students in the world, so you will be one of many among champions. Graduating is not a given, and your dedication and drive will be tested. However, for those that are meant to wield a hammer to forge hot steel, and produce results and soundness for our friend the horse, there is not a better place in the world for you to come. If your desire is to be “in demand” as a farrier, and the one that every horseman wishes they could get, then come and test yourself at HHS. Don’t make this choice lightly.

We welcome you with open arms. Come become one of the best.

Sincerely,

Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF
Heartland Horseshoeing School
327 SW 1st Lane
Lamar, MO. 64759

(417) 682-8484
anvil@earthlink.net

45 Responses to Home

  1. tammy garver says:

    was wandering how many horses you have to have for you to come and shoe. How much do you charge per horse ? I live in Everton, do you travel that far ? thanks, Tammy Garver

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Tammy. We get $28 for shoeing and $14 for trimming with the school. We need a minimum of 12 anywhere near here. I would love to have between 20 and 30 if we came to Everton. Right now, we have a few days left in April if you want to schedule something.

  2. Carlos A. Suarez says:

    I’m interested in becoming a farrier. I’m considering your school. Could you please send me more information about your school?
    Thanks,
    Carlos.

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Carlos. If you send your address, I would be happy to send you our school catalog. You can also download one from this site by clicking on “About the School”, and then scrolling to the bottom of that page. It will have the catalog on the site, or you can download it.

      Thanks.
      Chris Gregory, CJF, FWCF

  3. Nancy Colistro says:

    I have a 3 yr. old thoroughbred filly that is (recently) lame in both front feet. Her right front hoof is starting to gape wide at coronary band, sort of like peeling the skin from a grape. Also, her left front hoof is cracked and seeping. She is in excruciating pain…..don’t want to have to put her down, she is an excellent filly in every other way….do you do corrective shoeing? She needs immediate help….she is on bute for pain and pennicillan to fight infection….in addition we have been soaking her in an epsom salt solution once a day. She lays down a lot to take the pressure/pain off her feet…and is getting up and down okay…bowels are fine, bladder is fine, she is eating grain, grazing when she can, drinking okay….she has lost some weight but not too stoved up, yet. I’d really like to give this game little filly a chance….please let me know if you can help.

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Sorry to hear about your problem, but I would get a vet out immediately. It sounds like she may have foundered, but that is only a guess without seeing her. When a horse founders, the cavity in the dorsal wall can become filled with serum and abscesses. This would lead to what you have described. Get a vet and a competent farrier out right away. Best of luck.

  4. I am thinking about going to our School to be a Farrier. I have looked around and this seems to be the one for me, but I would like to have more information on it. Please send me one of your catalogs, I am very interested. Thank you.

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Brandon. If you click on “About the School” from the home page of the website, you can download a catalog. If you would still like a hard copy, let me know and I will send you one.
      Thanks for your interest.
      Chris G

  5. henderson says:

    Is this school accredited?

    • ChrisGregory says:

      We are approved and licensed to operate by the Coordinating Board of Higher Education, but we are not accredited. We are only open for 6 months of the year, and we want to run this school the way that we want to run it, so that has kept us from seeking accreditation.

  6. David Warren says:

    I want to become a farrier so very much. My Farrier said your school was the best in the country. Please send me a school brochure. My ADD. is 151 Jackson Place, Gray GA 31032. Thank You.

  7. Brad Galbraith says:

    I Would like to come to your school. It looks like everyone works hard and has fun doing it. where do i get an application?

  8. hank sigsby says:

    what is the price of your school

    • ChrisGregory says:

      The cost of the courses vary, but you can find out on each course by going to ‘courses’ on the home page and then looking at the course you are interested in. At the end, it will have the course dates and the cost.

  9. Hello Mr. Gregory,
    I am very interested in the Certification course in October, however would I need a student visa for this course, coming from Canada? I would be coming from Ontario as an OFA and AFA member work towards my CF. Also, what would I need to bring for equipment. this would make the difference between flying and driving?

    Thanks so much and I look forward to meeting up with you again at the Professional farrier Supply Clinic Oct 1st.
    Mikael

  10. Jared Sasseen says:

    Do you have an age requirement to attend your school? I would like to start after I graduate in May, 2012. I will be 18 years old at the end of May, 2012. Also, I am currently attending riding/horsemanship training. What level of knowledge is required to start your school? I am still pretty green but plan to continue training for the next 8 months. Also, How much lecture/homework is involved?

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Jared. There isn’t an age requirement. A student has to be strong enough to do the work, and old enough to handle the situation. For students that are under 18, we do like to meet them before they come to school. It is a very intense course, so most students spend 45 hours a week with Kelly, Cody, and I, and then an additional 20 hours a week studying and forging to keep up. It is a lot of work, but if you make it here, you can make it anywhere. A good course will be a hard one.

  11. kenneth jenkins says:

    Hey Chris, I am am from Johnson City Tenn. and have been shoeing horses on my own for about four years part time.I am considering going to a school and I have watched your videos on hoof watch, My question is I’m 47 years old and is this to old to attempt this.

    Thank You for Your time.

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Kenneth
      This is a great trade for everyone that has a passion for it. My oldest student ever was 68, so I don’t think 47 is too old. If you are fit and willing to work, there is a place in this industry for you.

  12. Emily says:

    I’m very interested in attending this school. I’ve done lots of looking around and narrowed it down to three. Any way I could obtain more information about your school?

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Emily. Thanks for your message, and I am glad that we made your short list. If you would like a school catalog, email me your address and I will send one to you. You can also download a copy of it from the website. Further, you can find videos of the class in session on YouTube. Thanks, and hope to have you in school someday.

  13. austin bullard says:

    Hey I was wondering if you guys had any openings for the 2013 class.

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Austin. Right now, I only have about 4 people signed up for the Journeyman Course in 2013. We would love to have you.

  14. matt campbell says:

    Do you have any openings for classes right now?

  15. krystal says:

    would like info about the school?

  16. Brody White says:

    Hello Chris
    do you sell the all leather aprons that your current class has? when i was looking all i could see were the light colored aprons on your website.

  17. DANIEL AGUIAR says:

    Chris Gregory the Great, man I’m your fan and also the Brazilian Fabio Furquim, Pagoto and naturalized in Brazil Kenny Knowlton. So you have a program for beginners? How much? I do not speak English, it would be a barrier?

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Thanks for the kind words Daniel. It would be very hard to get through this course without speaking English. Sorry, but my Portuguese is not good enough to offset the language barrier.

  18. Rogerio Costa says:

    Chris, I would like to acquire these new knives hull as I do, I’m in Brazil CEP02422-020

    • ChrisGregory says:

      Hi Rogerio. These new knives are amazing. If you send me your address, I can see what it would cost to ship some down to you. They range in price from $41 to $48 plus shipping.

  19. Mamduh Al Jehani says:

    Hi Chris

    I live in middle east from Saudi arabia … I’m learning to become a farrier by my own but still too slow . it takes me 2 hurs to trimm& shoe just 1 horse and i need to improve my skills …. so please Chris what about VISA process ca you advice pls.
    please provide me the information for the fees and howsing and the full cource from A to Z. Thak you — email : ganonji@hotmail.com

    • ChrisGregory says:

      If you look through the post to Ansie from South Africa, it describes the process for foreign students. If you need more information, send me an email.

  20. Ansie le Roux says:

    Hi. I’m from South-Africa. My son would like to go to your school. What do I need to do? He is now in Grade 10 and will finish school in 2014. He lives on a farm and just loves horses. He is amazing with them. Can you help me please?

    South-Africa greetings
    Ansie

    • ChrisGregory says:

      We get quite a few foreign students. The process is that you send in your application, making sure that I have the birthdate, sex, address, country of origin, country of residence, and country that issued your passport if those are different from where you live now. With that information, I get on the SEVIS website to get the I-20 form for you to apply for your student visa. You have to pay the FMJ Fee online, print that receipt, and take all the documents to the embassy in your country to get your visa. It takes some time, and is a bit of a hassle, but well worth it if you want to be a great farrier.

  21. Rod Scott says:

    Hi Chris, I spoke to you at the summit in Ohio, I am interested in taking the certification course this year, I did send in the deposit and can take any date that is open. Is there anything else you need from me or that I can do for you. thanks Rod Scott.

  22. LEANDA K. RUSSELL says:

    Why is it that no Farriers want to go out 30 miles to shoe or even meet some where’s its not far that i have been looking over a week to get some one to shoe my two horses.

    Leanda K.

  23. Donelle Fisher says:

    Hello, I am very interested in becoming a farrier. Could you send me more information on your school?

  24. Hendrik Malan says:

    Hi Chris,

    I am from Namibia, I would like to require about your school. I have worked for a guy in Namibia for 3 year. He trained in the US for quite some time, specializing in shoeing, but I would like to further my knowledge in the US as well. I had a look on your website, but I need to know which course I need to partake in ( what you would recommend). Off course I would like to do it all, but that will not be possible for me at the moment, because it is quite expensive for me getting there. Would you recommend I start with the Beginner courses and come back later or would I be able start with the Journeyman Farrier course from the beginning and end with the Advanced courses? I would really like to start by own Farrier company in Namibia. Currently we only have one person who knows what he is doing. Endurance riding is a big sport here in Namibia and I see a lot of business opportunity for myself in this.

    Please advise on what you would recommend and if you could send me more information and costs about the courses I would appreciate it.

    Kind regards
    Hendrik

  25. Zach Petrie says:

    Hi my name is Zach. I just got out of the marines and I was wondering if you knew if the G.I. Bill or Montgomery Bill would cover the cost of school since its non accreditation.

  26. Julie Hildebrand says:

    Hi there,
    I have heard about Heartland through a former student who runs a farrier business here in Canada, B.C. and I am seriously considering becoming a farrier. One question I have as I would be a foreign student, how does an apprenticeship work and does your school include an apprenticeship if I am looking at the practical program?
    Thanks!

  27. Tomas Lockey says:

    Hi Chris,

    I guess you remember, I was a a student from Argentina at your school in 2000.
    Just wanted to say hi. I know you keep doing better and better every year. Please send my regards to tour family, and about anyone thinking about joining your school I encourage the

  28. tammy garver says:

    needing a couple of horses worked on for the first of season . would bring them to you . what do you have open ? thanks, tammy

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