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Farrier Services

Cappel Farrier School

One Class with Two Options:
Option One – Barefoot trim
Option Two – Shoe

Dennis has been a student in the art of horse shoeing for nearly forty years and founded his school in 1993. He is joined by fellow instructor and farrier Mike Walsh to assist in teaching.

You will learn to:

  • Recognize and address distortion on each individual foot.
  • Utilize the mapping system, taking the guesswork out of what to trim off.
  • Trim the foot to provide the best support for internal structures.
  • Nail a shoe onto a properly trimmed foot.
Sign Up for Trimming and Shoeing Class

Upcoming Class Details

August 6 - 8, 2021

One Class, Two Options

Option One: Barefoot trim

Option Two: Shoe


Friday, August 6 / 6-9pm

5-6 pm- Check in Horses

6:30 pm- Horse handling, trimming, and shoeing demonstration with Dennis and Mike

Saturday, August 7 / 9 am-5 pm
9 am – Trip to the Blacksmith Shop

11:30 am- Lunch

After Lunch- Trimming Session (everyone)

After trimming- Shoeing students nail on front shoes

End of Day – Certificate of Introductory Application for Trimming Students

Sunday, August 8 / 9am
9 am – Trim and shoe hind feet

End of Day – Certificate of Introductory Application for Shoeing Students

Completion times for the day may vary.

Essential Tools for Trimming

  • Nippers
  • Rasp
  • Hoof Knife
  • Apron
  • Stand and Cradle
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Divider (optional)


Essential Tools for Shoeing

  • Nippers
  • Pull Offs
  • Rasp
  • Apron
  • Driving Hammer
  • Shaping Hammer
  • Hoof Knife
  • Shoeing Nails
  • Shoes
  • Clinching Block
  • Stall Jack or Anvil
  • Crease Nail Puller
  • Black Sharpie Marker
  • Hoof Stand and Cradle
  • Divider (optional)

Tools may be purchased at Spanish Lake Blacksmith Shop

(314) 486-4065 •
Course Location and Information

Weekend Shoeing Class Dates


August 6-8


November 5-7


February TBA


April TBA

Cost for the Trimming Session is $500. The Trimming and Shoeing Session is $750. Classes are held at the National Equestrian Center ( NEC) in Lake St. Louis, MO. Reference material packet provided.

To sign up for this course, you’ll need to complete both of the following steps: fill out the registration form and pay the course deposit of $100.

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What Past Students Say

Honest praise from former clients.

Thank you!

We have grown our partnership with our horses, our own leadership skills, and our clarity about what we are asking of our equine partners.

Always learning,

The wisdom and skills that Dennis offers make me not only a more effective equestrian but a better human being!

Thank you so much for helping us get here!

We trailered to Indian Camp Creek this morning and had a wonderful three hour ride. It was such a blast and the fulfillment of so many dreams.

I am so excited for my next lesson,

I needed special help from someone who really knew mustangs and was the definition of a professional in all aspects of the word. After only one session with Dennis, Gabriel responded very well and is on the path to becoming the horse I have always dreamed of.

You put my concerns at ease,

I want to thank you for your patience, empathy and understanding during our visit. You put my concerns at ease, and showed that you cared as much about my horse's hoof health as I did. We went out this morning and enjoyed one of the most stress free rides we have had in a very long time. His stride has improved and his foxtrot is outstanding. - Outlaw and Victoria

Freedom shoes were an immediate relief.

Dennis put the freedom shoes on Smoke's front feet and immediately he let out a sign of relief and his eyes softened. Smoke was bearing weight on hoof and is now walking and has no limp, totally comfortable and a happy horse! Thank you! -Jeanne & Smoke

Thank you for the way you are presenting your new programs!

So, this morning we went out for a pasture ride by ourselves. I only took two things with me; a different attitude and my clear mental picture. She looked for her pasture buddy but listened to me! I kept my CMP and attitude shift with me the whole time and all went well.