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Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Variable
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Farrier

Description: Farriers prepare and treat horses' feet, and make and fit horseshoes.
Salary: £16000.00 to £30000.00 per year
Hours: Variable

Entry Requirements

You must be registered with the Farriers Registration Council (FRC)

You could do this after:

Doing an advanced level apprenticeship with an approved training farrier (https://www.farrier-reg.gov.uk/approved-training-farriers-atfs) (ATF) or the British Army

Skills Required

  • Good co-ordination and practical skills
  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Good communication skills, for working with horse owners and vets
  • The ability to keep accurate records and deal with payments and accounts

Typical Day

You'll make and fit shoes for horses. Your day might include:

  • Discussing the horse's shoeing requirements with the owner
  • Checking the horse's leg, foot and hoof, cutting away excess hoof growth and making sure the horse is properly balanced
  • Choosing the most suitable type of shoe for the horse’s size, foot condition, type of activity and working conditions
  • Making horseshoes by hand or machine
  • Adjusting the shape of shoes
  • Fitting horseshoes

You might also work with vets and equine hospitals to provide corrective shoeing and surgical farriery.

Working Hours, Patterns and Environment

You'll usually be self-employed. Your working hours will depend on your customers, and may include weekends.

You may need to travel long distances to customers' premises, like farms, riding schools or stables.

You'll need a driving licence and vehicle that’s suitable for carrying a mobile workshop, stock and tools.

The job is physical, and involves a lot of bending and lifting. You'll work outdoors in all weather conditions.

Career Path

You may be able to move into a permanent role with large stables, horse breeders, or mounted regiments of the police or army.

You could work in equine hospitals, with vets or in the farriery suppliers business.

You could become an Approved Training Farrier (ATF) and employ and train apprentice Farriers.

You could also move into lecturing or provide a consultancy service.

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Katrina Robb

A really rewarding industry

“It’s important to keep rural jobs going. There are not that many (farrier) apprentices being trained in Scotland, so it would be good to encourage more people to do the job.”
Katrina Robb , Farrier
Stuart Lowe

No such thing as an average day

“There’s no such thing as an average day. It can be anything from ploughing to driving in the grain or repairing dykes and fencing. That’s what keeps it interesting.”
Stuart Lowe , Agricultural Contractor