Job Description

A Farrier is a skilled craftsperson who shoes and looks after horses hooves.  They will use a variety of tools to trim and shape the hooves, they will fit horseshoes to the hoof if required and will generally make sure that the horse is comfortable and that the hooves are in good condition.  They are often self employed and will do work for veterinary surgeries, equine hospitals as well as individuals.

Entry Requirements

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

You could do this after:

Career Path and Progression

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.

Related careers you may be interested in:

  • Blacksmith
  • Horse groom
  • Veterinary nurse
  • Veterinary physiotherapist
  • Vet

National Government Policy states that all students should have achieved at least a Grade 4 or C Grade in English & Maths at GCSE.  Achieving this minimum grade in these subjects will increase the opportunities open to you, support your future career development and prospects.

Students who do not meet this standard will be supported to continue to study English and Maths through full-time education or an Apprenticeship.

Required Skills

  • Physical strength and stamina
  • Have patience in handling animals 
  • Good practical skills
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to keep accurate records

Starting Salary

£16,000 to £30,000

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