Farriers specialise in the care and maintenance of horses' hooves and feet, providing essential services such as trimming, shoeing and addressing hoof-related issues to ensure the health and comfort of the animals.

Day-to-day Tasks

As a farrier you'll:

  • talk to the horse owner about what work is required
  • check the horse's legs, feet and hooves for problems
  • cut away excess hoof growth and make sure the horse is properly balanced
  • choose suitable shoes for the horse's size, foot condition and type of activity
  • make horseshoes by hand or on a machine
  • shape shoes, using a hammer and anvil
  • fit horseshoes
  • make final checks to finish

Skills and Knowledge

You'll need:

  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • the ability to operate and control equipment
  • customer service skills
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

Industry Qualifications

 To get into this job it requires specialist training. To find out more you can visit the Farriers Registration Council. 

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