Required Tools

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.



Brand Name

 14” Hoof Nippers  G.E. Forge & Tool
 Curved Jaw Clinchers  G.E. Forge & Tool
 Crease Nail Puller  G.E. Forge & Tool
 Pull Offs  G.E. Forge & Tool
Nail Cutter/Shear  G.E. Forge & Tool
 Right & Left Hoof Knives  Chris Gregory
 Knife Sharpeners  HHS Sharpening Kit
 Driving Hammer  Cody Gregory LLC
 Shoeing Apron  Chris Gregory Western Shoer
 Clinch gouge  Cody Gregory LLC
 4 Pairs of Tongs
 (1/4”, 5/16”, 3/8” and 1/2”)
 Cody Gregory LLC
 Shoeing Box  Cody Gregory LLC
 2 x E head punches (per 12 weeks)  Cody Gregory LLC
 1 x Drift Punch (Per 12 weeks)  Cody Gregory LLC
 2 x Pritchels  Cody Gregory LLC
 1 x Fuller  Cody Gregory LLC, "El Cinco"
1 x Hot Cut Cody Gregory LLC
 Gregory’s Textbook of Farriery  Chris Gregory
 Rounding Hammer  Flatland Forge
 Clipping Hammer  Flatland Forge
 4 Rasps (per 12 weeks)  Heller Excel Legend
 2 Finish Rasps (per 12 weeks)  Bassoli
 2 Fine Half Round (per 12 weeks)  Nicholson
 4 Rasp Handles  Wooden screw-on type
 Large Butcher Block Brush  Anvil Brand
 Folding Brass Ruler  FPD
 Safety Glasses  No suggestion
 Ear Plugs  No suggestion
 3 Foot Tape Measure  No suggestion
 1 Anvil Devil

 No suggestion


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 suppliers all over the US that will be happy to have your business, and many of them give first time students a discount on their first purchase. Be certain to mention Chris or Cody Gregory and that you are coming to Heartland Horseshoeing School.  We can and will get the entire tool list for you if you would like for us to.  Just contact Chris and let him know.