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New school teaches old school skills

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OSSIAN, Ind. (21Alive) -- In 1900 there were more horses living in New York City than people. The horse was king and a huge industry was in place to keep all that horsepower on the road. An industry that today has completely disappeared. Well, almost.Class is in session at the troy price horseshoeing school just west of Ossian and students are cueing up to get in.“I’ve got phone calls from all over the United States,” Price says, “even some from Scotland I had a fellow contact me a while back.”Troy Price is a world champion horseshoer, or farrier. He started the school last year to keep up with increasing demand.“It’s not just for farming and getting to town,” Price explains, “it’s peoples hobbies and people really like to take care of their horses, they think of them as kids.”Sam Bivona’s from Delaware, he’ll go home when he graduates and start his own shoeing business. Jason Wakefield’s mom’s a farrier in Michigan. He caught the shoeing bug from her.“I’d go to farms with her and just hang out with her while she was shoeing horses,” Wakefield says. “A lot of horse shoers can make six figures if they really work hard at it.”“I want to be a full time horseshoer, “says student Zoe Lehmert from Lagrange. “Be my own boss and make my own money and having my own schedule.” The Troy Price School is the only fully accredited horseshoeing school in the state of Indiana. It teaches everything these young farriers need to know, from forging a shoe out of raw steel to nailing the finished product on the animal. Troy Price says he started the school to supplement his shoeing business. Its quick success surprised even him.“I’d like this building to be all 100 percent horse shoeing school instead of 25 percent,” he says. “Just have a lot of students full time have a full classroom and shoe horses.”

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