KHS Admissions Procedures and Requirements

Excessive physical strength is not required to become a successful farrier; however, you must understand the physical demands necessary to learn and perform the proper techniques of trimming and shoeing a horse. To that extent, a physical examination is required for attendance at KHS. Proper fitness and the ability to work with hand tools are necessary components for any student to be successful throughout the rigorous curriculum at KHS.

A High School Diploma, GED or equivalent certificate is the minimum requirement for admissions to KHS.  If unavailable, please contact the KHS office for information regarding alternative testing.

Although no previous experience is necessary, all relevant experience will be considered when class placements are made. Our goal at KHS is to bring each student’s skill to the highest possible level during his/her instruction. Transfer students will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.  Their theoretical and practical knowledge will be evaluated, and they will be placed accordingly.


Class size limited to 14 students


“I think I can describe Mitch’s relationship to the farrier profession as someone who has vision and passion for the farrier (profession). I base this not just  from watching him teach students or work on horses, but because after 23 years of military service, I have seen instructors with these qualities and floundered under instructors without them. “—John Foldberg, Lt. Col., USMC, ret., Aatascadero , CA     (CF) 2003

Having previously earned 2 Masters degrees, going to horseshoeing school was a profound change in my life. I researched between 20-25 schools throughout the country and chose Kentucky Horseshoeing School. It was the right decision! Prior to going to Kentucky , I had never swung a hammer in my life. I now work with an excellent farrier in Southern California . I love it and am happy for the first time in a long time. I can’t help but to highly recommend Mitch Taylor and the Kentucky Horseshoeing School for anyone serious about becoming a good farrier”.—Robert Kagan, Santa Monica , CA     1992


Admission Procedure:

  1. Prospective student must fill out an application and submit the non-refundable $50 Application Fee.
  2. Please include a copy of your High School Diploma, GED, or equivalent certificate with your application. This document must be provided in English. If unavailable, please contact KHS office of admissions for testing information.
  3. If accepted, a non-refundable registration fee of $500.00 is required to secure student’s space in their class. student is expected to return all enrollment documents in a timely manner. Tuition rates cannot be guaranteed until the student’s enrollment process has been completed.



Students wishing to withdraw prior to course completion must do so according to the policies for withdrawal listed in the Consumer Information Handbook available for download on our website or from the admissions office.