Our most frequently asked questions
- Who are my instructors?
- Your instructors will be the owner of the school, Bob Smith, member of the International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame; Dorothy Stiegler the most recognized woman blacksmith in America, and Chuck Presnail, shoeing since 1972. PCHS does not have student instructors.
- I don't read or write well. Will I have problems graduating?
- All classroom exams are designed to be taken either written or verbally. The instructors at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School know how to work with a variety of learning disabilities. We will work with you.
- How will I be able to keep in touch with family and friends?
- The classroom is open 24 hours a day/seven days a week for students. The classroom has computers and the facility is set up with wireless internet connections. Students are capable of getting internet connections to their laptops in their dorm rooms.
- What if I've never handled horses before enrollment?
- We will start you with the basics of horses and how to handle them. Inexperience is not a problem.
- What do I do after school hours or on weekends?
- PCHS is the only school in American that affords you the opportunity to develop your skills after hours. Formal instruction is from 8am to 5 pm Monday through Friday but the school is open from 7am to 9pm seven days a week to allow you to excel.
The school is only 4 miles from the nearest grocery store. Within a short 20 minute drive you can get to movie theaters, Walmart, K-Mart, major chain grocery stores and most retail outlets
- What about tools?
- All tools and equipment are provided for you while you are enrolled in the school. Be careful about schools that provide a tool package as part of the tuition. A 110lb. woman may need a different hammer than a 250lb. man.
- What happens if I decide after the first 5 days that shoeing is not for me?
- Until you actually get under a horse and work on the forge you don’t really know if you like shoeing as a career. PCHS is the only school that gives a 100% refund to the student if they decide within the first week that shoeing is not for them.
Before and after. Work performed by PCHS students.