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Heartland Horseshoeing School
LAMAR, MO.--- Heartland Horseshoeing School, which is located just outside of Lamar, has been training students for 19 years.
"This school is brutal. Not everyone comes here and graduates. We attract the very best of the best. We don't get people that are looking for a way to get away from mom or get away from their wife, we get people here that are serious about shoeing horses," said Chris Gregory, Co-Owner of Heartland Horseshoeing School.
Trainer and Co-Owner Chris Gregory tells us horseshoeing is a small community of people, so the name "Heartland Horseshoeing School" is well known.
"We've had students from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil, Argenitna, all over the United Kingdom. You know, it's not like we're famous, we're just well known in a very small trade," said Gregory.
Most people associate the craft to men, but Gregory says it's a growing industry for females.
"You're treated the same. I mean, they don't take it easy because you're a a girl, you've got to do the work and everything," said Gregory.
Age is definitely only a number in this field, or at least that's what 11-year-old Dakota Bayless tells us.
"They just shoed my horses for a long time and I just kind of liked it and I wanted to do it," said Dakota Bayless, 11-Years-Old.
For others, like Englishman Robbie Watson-Graeves, it's not a job. It's a passion driven by hand work and a desire to be the best.
"Get up in the morning, go out and shoe horses. It's job where you can work outside with animals, you know, you never stop learning. Every horse will teach you something different and every farrier has a different experience to share," said Robbie Watson-Graeves, from Bristol, England.
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