Montana State offers farrier school

The spring farrier course at Montana State will be held March 31 – June 13, 2014. Courtesy photo

Montana State University Farrier School offers an eleven-week program designed specifically for those who wish to pursue careers as farriers. This professional course provides students with the opportunity to obtain a solid background in the field of farrier science through the application of sound principles in a practical hands-on setting. Students will have the opportunity to obtain the knowledge and develop the skills necessary to establish their own practice, qualify for licensing at major race tracks, and prepare for the American Farrier Association Certification exam. Further study in an advanced class is also offered. The Animal and Range Sciences Department at Montana State University sponsors the Farrier Program. The Farrier School, which was established in 1970, receives no state funding and is supported entirely with student fees.

MSU Farrier School Director and Instructor – Bryce Kawasaki

Bryce Kawasaki graduated from the MSU Horseshoeing School in 1994. After this training he started working with several Certified Journeyman Farriers, including Jerry Kawasaki, Carl Jolliff, and Tom Wolfe. Bryce has had his own farrier business working with his wife, Jenny, for the last fifteen years. In 2000 when Bryce met Bob Marshall his career changed dramatically. Bob has never nailed on a “keg” or factory made shoe. His skill at forging handmade shoes, shoeing horses, and his teaching ability are unprecedented. To this day well over half the shoes that Bryce puts on are made by him in his shop or on the job. Bryce served as president of the Montana Professional Horseshoers Association for six years, and sat on the Board of Directors for the American Farriers Association for those same six years. He has been helping Tom Wolfe out at the Farrier School for ten years. During this time he has conducted a tool making workshop at his forge in Gallatin Gateway, MT. Bryce has also presented week long horseshoeing workshops for practicing farriers looking to improve. Bryce was born and raised in Montana and feels very privileged to have been able to work and live in this great state, and now be able to teach at the MSU Farrier School. Bryce and his wife own several horses and enjoy riding every chance they get, especially getting into the back country.

Spring course:

March 31 – June 13, 2014

8 hours daily; 11 weeks

Sponsor: Animal and Range Sciences Department

Objective: Preparation for career as professional horseshoer

Maximum enrollment: 12

Financial Aid for Students: Applicants who need financial assistance should contact the following offices for eligibility:

Veterans Office (GI Bill)

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

Local Job Service


Rural Employment Opportunites (for Montana Residents) 1-800-546-1140

Note: this school is not certified for Guaranteed Student Loans (GSL), the Pell Grant, or similar types of federal student loans, due to its non-credit status.

To receive applications and additional information about the Professional Horseshoeing Course please contact:

Susan Cooper at scooper@montana. eduor call 406-994-3721 or write the Department of Animal & Range Sciences PO Box 172900, MSU-Bozeman, Bozeman, MT 59717-2900