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Farriers prepare and treat horses' hooves, and make and fit horseshoes.

Potential salary
£16,000 to £30,000
Working hours
47 to 49 variable
  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • to be flexible and open to change
  • to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device

You’ll make and fit shoes for horses. Your day-to-day duties might include:discussing the horse’s shoeing requirements with the owner; checking the horse's leg, foot and hoof, cutting away any 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 the shoes, using a hammer and anvil; fitting the horseshoes

You may need to wear protective clothing.

You could work at a client's business, at a riding stable or on a farm.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

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.

You'll find more details about training and working as a farrier from the Farriers Registration Council and the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association.

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