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
- 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
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.
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.