The Best Option for Farrier Education
When it comes to farrier education programs Mission Farrier School is truly set apart. Mission was the first school to incorporate information gained by studies of the ferral horse foot into it's curriculum (commonly known ad Natural Balance). Nearly 30 years and countless examples have proven this to be an excellent model for how the equine foot should function in an ideal environment. By mimicking the function of these model feet either through a natural trim, or shoe application we can achieve the best level of soundness possible for each individual horse.
Mission is dedicated to teaching quality traditional craftsmanship on the forge and anvil as part of our program. These are critical skills for the modern farrier just as they were for farriers of antiquity. Additionally we provide a high level of horsemanship instruction. Good farriers need to also be good horseman. Todays clients expect a farrier who can communicate through "timing" and "feel" with a horse rather than resorting to force.
MFS operates out of the Tygh Valley Fairgrounds in Wasco County. We provide students with a professional well equipped shoeing shop with forges and and anvils to use during class. We take horses in from the public and also have access to two large herds of camp horses. The school well equip to provide general, therapeutic and performance shoeing, natural balance and natural barefoot hoof care, as well as a long list of "outside the box" solutions. We also have access to pens/stalls for layups or long term therapeutic care, round pens for unruly horses, and rodeo style bucking shoots for horses with little or no training. We love working with local or semi-local equine professionals such as vets, body workers, trainers etc to provide holistic care to our equine friends. For public inquiries about hoof care, or general information please email
We have a mens and women's bunkhouses available that include basic kitchen bathroom and laundry facilities as well as wifi. It is located about ten minutes drive from the shoeing shop. Space is limited and first come first serve. Please indicate on your registration if you plan to use the bunkhouse. Students may also opt to take advantage of the nearby Hunt RV park with full hookups, a bathhouse facility, and free (slow) wifi. The park is just steps away from the MFS shoeing shop.
In 1968 the average cost of attending farrier school was $2400. The average cost to shoe a horse was $12 a head. At that price, a graduate would have to shoe 200 horses to pay for his/her schooling. Currently, our tuition is $12,000. Read More
What does it Cost to Attend Horse Shoeing School
Does everyone who applies to Mission Farrier School get accepted into the program?
No. We are looking for dedicated students willing to do what ever it takes to make a difference. Read More
Do you guarantee that graduates of Mission Farrier School can get work?
Our student’s success is of great importance to us, and while we have no control over what students choose to do once they graduate from our program, we make every effort to give them both the knowledge and the skills necessary to make the best decision they can for the horse. Read More
How many horses will we work on?
Our students will be under horses almost every day, with the exception of perhaps clinic days. Clinic days are where we all focus on one particular horse, such as a laminitis case, white line disease case, or a special Navicular case. Read More
Meet Our Instructors
Teddy Franke graduated from Mission Farrier School in 2016. Teddy initially came to Mission Farrier School already having a vast knowledge of horses and horsemanship.
Mark J. Plumlee is a Certified Journeyman Farrier through the American Farrier’s Association, a Registered Journeyman Farrier and Certified Natural Balance Farrier, Level I, II, and III, and Certified Lameness Specialist, and Farrier Educator. Read More