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 & 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
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.