The opportunity for farriers of varying skills and knowledge – from recent farrier and veterinary school graduates to seasoned professionals (Mentees) – to form alliances with other knowledgeable and experienced farriers (Mentors) has been named a priority program for the American & Canadian & International Associations of Professional Farriers.

In naming the program, it was determined that "mentoring” would refer to a personal and professional developmental relationship that would build between the two parties; with the understanding that true mentoring be more than just answering occasional questions or providing ad hoc assistance. The AAPF/CAPF/IAPF wishes to have this program focus on developing ongoing lifetime relationships of learning, dialog and challenges.

The AAPF/CAPF/IAPF Mentoring Program has three distinct goals:
  1. To encourage AAPF/CAPF/IAPF members to volunteer to accept Mentees in relationships for periods of time ranging from one week to one year;
  2. For seasoned professional members (Mentors) to develop mentoring relationships with other professional farriers (Mentees or Mentors); and
  3. To encourage AAPF/CAPF/IAPF-member farrier schools to recommend that their graduating students apply for a mentoring relationship through the AAPF/CAPF/IAPF.
Steps involved in the Mentoring program:
  • Mentor Application: A "fill-in-the-blank” application has been posted below. Mentors must have been a professional farrier for a minimum of five years and be a member of the AAPF/CAPF/IAPF.
  • Mentee Application: A "fill-in-the-blank" application has also been posted. Mentees may be recent graduates of farrier or veterinary schools or professional farriers and must be members of the AAPF/CAPF/IAPF. If eligible, they may join as Student Members.
  • If the Mentee is a recent farrier or veterinary school graduate the Mentee must also make arrangements to have a Mentee Reference form submitted on their behalf by their farrier (or veterinary) school instructor or representative.
  • Throughout the Mentoring relationship, both the Mentor and Mentee will submit evaluation forms.
Basic contact information from both the Mentor and Mentee will be published on the AAPF/CAPF/IAPF Mentoring Bulletin Board which can be found on our website or by clicking hereMentors and Mentees are encouraged to contact the other party to establish a mentoring relationship.

"Factors that will be considered in the development of a mentoring relationship include specific details about the mentor’s farrier practice,” said Mentoring Committee Chairman Caleb Fisher CF APF of Gordonville, Pennsylvania. "These include breeds/disciplines served, geographical areas, and the mentor’s overall commitment to farrier education.”


The AAPF/CAPF/IAPF Board of Directors has approved offering Continuing Education credits for Mentoring.  This will enable both Mentees (recent farrier school graduates as well as seasoned professionals) to work with Mentors (professional farriers) and earn Continuing Education credits.

Basic rules of this new program:
  • Participants (both the Mentor and Mentee) must be AAPF/CAPF/IAPF members
  • Participants must pre-register their Mentoring partnership
  • Participants may NOT be in any type of employee relationship (contract, full or part-time) or who are related (husband/wife/boyfriend/girlfriend/etc.)
  • In the reporting of mentoring, subjects discussed must be specific. General terms like shoeing, trimming, nailing, clinching, etc. will not be accepted and your application will be rejected
Basis of opportunity:
  • 2 hours of mentoring (for both Mentor and Mentee) shall equal one (1) AAPF Continuing Education credit
  • Maximum number of hours available for mentoring in a single days shall be eight (8).  Maximum number of CE credits available per day shall be four (4).
  • Maximum number of AAPF CE Credits available during a calendar year shall be 40 per Mentoring Relationship.  There shall be no maximum as to the number of Mentoring Relationships any Mentor or Mentee shall have at one time.
Registration and reporting forms can be found below.


Finding Mentors isn’t always easy and asking someone you don’t know to be your Mentor can be intimidating.  Obtain great Mentors and overcome the “Finding a Mentor Jitters” by following these tips:
  • Clarify what you want.  Before seeking out Mentors, write down your specific expectations, goals and the role you want Mentors to play in your career.  Do you want someone who can help you in learning more about a certain part of our industry, provide guidance on how to be a successful entrepreneur, or lay out a business plan and career goals?  Clarifying your expectations, goals, and objectives will ensure you find the right Mentors and the relationships benefit your professional goals.  These expectations could include (for both the Mentor and Mentee):
    • Educational experience – commitment to continuing education
    • Business experience – years in the profession, level of horses shod
    • Work Ethic – respect by other farriers of this Mentor or Mentee
    • References (especially for newbies and recent school graduates)
  • Complete the "Connecting with a New Mentor" Form.  Click here to complete the form.
  • Think outside your comfort zone and don’t restrict yourself.  Great Mentors can be found in a variety of places.  Spend time looking outside your current areas of knowledge and location.  Don’t hesitate in contacting any Mentor on the AAPF/CAPF Mentoring Bulletin Board.  Even the most seasoned professionals are willing to accept Mentees who have relatively little or no experience in the profession.
  • Set up a meeting.  Once you’ve identified a potential Mentor, ask to meet by phone or in person to discuss a possible mentoring relationship.  Asking for mentoring is an important step to make certain you’re both clear on the terms.  The meeting should take place somewhere that is mutually comfortable and where you can both speak in confidence.
  • Be clear with your Mentor or Mentee.  Once you find a person who agrees to be your Mentor or Mentee, first and foremost, make sure you share the same commitment to your expectations.  Be clear on the time required and the time you are willing to devote to this relationship.  Establish a schedule.  Be sure to check on your goals throughout the relationship.  Be willing to adapt your goals.  And always be honest with each other.

FORMS (Click on the form name):

  • MENTOR APPLICATION (Professional farriers who are interested in becoming a "Mentor" should use this form).
  • MENTEE APPLICATION (Students or others who are interested in becoming a "Mentee" should use this form.)
  • MENTEE LIABILITY RELEASE FORM (Participants in the program are required to sign a liability release form)
  • CONNECTING WITH A NEW MENTOR (Potential Mentees should use this form to assist in their connection with a Mentor. It would be helpful for this completed form to be sent to any potential Mentor prior to an initial conversation.)
  • MENTEE REFERENCE FORM (The Mentee who is also a recent farrier or veterinary school graduate applicant must submit an Application (see above) PLUS a reference from their farrier or veterinary school instructor or representative.
  • MENTEE EVALUATION BY MENTOR FORM (Throughout the Mentoring relationship, the Mentor will submit evaluation forms. Candid comments are encouraged.)
  • MENTEE EVALUATION FORM (Throughout Mentoring relationship, the Mentee will submit evaluation forms. Candid comments are encouraged.)
  • MENTORING REGISTRATION FORM  (Use this form to register a relationship between a Mentor and Mentee if you plan to apply for AAPF/CAPF Continuing Education credits for the Mentoring opportunity.)
  • APPLICATION FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS (Use this form to request AAPF Continuing Education credits.)
    • The basis of this opportunity shall be two (2) hours of mentoring or two (2) hours being mentored shall equal one (1) AAPF Continuing Education credit. 
    • The maximum number of hours available for mentoring in a single day shall be eight (8). 
    • Therefore the maximum number of CE credits available per day shall be four (4). 
    • The maximum number of days per application shall be one week (7 days). 
    • The maximum number of CE credits earned in a calendar year shall be 40 per mentoring relationship.