WALLA WALLA, Washington – The farrier science program at Walla Walla Community College is getting the boot.
According to Doug Bayne, vice president of advancement at WWCC, the number of students enrolled in the program has been steadily declining for years. Currently, three students are on track to graduate this academic year and only eight are enrolled.
“It has now reached a point where the cost of the program is too high to sustain,” Bayne said. “It is an extremely unfortunate effect of numerous factors, including the economy and how education is funded in our state. We deeply regret that we have reached this point, but having explored all known ways to maintain the program, we have found no alternatives.”
The farrier program began in the 1977-1978 academic year. By definition, a farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary.
WWCC’s program in farrier science prepares students as professional, trained farriers able to work on most types of horses. A combination of classroom and lab coursework focuses on equine anatomy as it pertains to farrier science, conformation fault analysis, disease, leg and hoof lameness and corresponding therapeutic measures.
The farrier science program will end in June.