Each student must provide their own hand tools. School owned anvils and forges are available for use at all times while students are enrolled. The textbook used at Heartland Horseshoeing School is Gregory's Textbook of Farriery. This book is available for purchase from the school, or students may use a school copy if they do not with to purchase one.
Following is a list of the required tools as well as the suggested brand names. You are not required to have the suggested brands, however, you will never be sorry for buying quality.
|14" Hoof Nippers||G.E. Forge and Tool|
|Curved Jaw Clinchers||G.E. Forge and Tool|
|Crease Nail Puller||G.E. Forge and Tool|
|2 Hoof Knives||Gregory w/rooster tail. Left and right.|
|Knife Sharpeners||EZE Lap fine diamond or Heartland Knife Sharpening Kit|
|Driving Hammer||Mustad, 12.5 oz.|
|Shoeing Apron||Chris Gregory LLC|
|4 Pairs of Tongs||Mustad. 1/4”, 5/16” 3/8” and 1/2”|
|Rounding Hammer||Flatland Forge or Derek Gardener. 2 lb|
|Clipping Hammer||Flatland Forge 1.75 lb or Derek Gardener.|
|3 Rasps (per 8 weeks of class)||Excel Legend by Heller|
|3 Rasp Handles||Wooden screw-on type|
|Large Butcher Block Brush||Anvil Brand|
|2 Anvil Devils||No suggestion|
|Shoeing Box||The Classic by Yoder Blacksmith or Cobra by Nature Farms|
|E-head Fore Punch||Cody Gregory LLC|
|Creaser||Cody Gregory LLC|
|2 Pritchels||Cody Gregory LLC or Mustad|
|Gregory's Textbook Of Farriery|
If you are enrolled in the Advanced Farrier Course or the Journeyman Farrier Course, you will need some additional tools. You should plan on 3 rasps for each 8 week session.
Most of the equipment used by farriers is of an extremely specialty nature. As such, it can be somewhat expensive to buy quality. However, like your education, you will never regret getting the best that is available. The tools suggested have proven to be of the highest quality.
Once you graduate, you will need an anvil, anvil-stand and forge. We recommend that you budget around $1,500.00 for these purchases. Inventory of shoes, nails, pads, etc. can be as little as $100.00 but if you are making a budget, we would suggest somewhere around $1,500.00. While these may seem like quite large sums, when comparing farriery to almost any other trade, the start-up costs are incredibly small. Especially when considering the potential return on the investment.
There are farrier suppliers located all over the country. At the back of our school catalog is a list of suppliers that we are personally friends with, and have done business with in the past. They are advertised in alphabetical order, and their ads appear as a favor to us, and not as a paid ad. If you call any of these folks for your equipment, please mention Chris Gregory or Heartland Horseshoeing School. Some of them will give you a discount as a result. None of the suppliers in this catalog would be recommended if we did not believe that they would treat you right.