Farrier

Farrier

“A farrier cares for the feet of a range of horses, from those belonging to individuals who ride for pleasure, to elite competition horses”

A farrier is responsible for the maintenance and care of the feet of horses, As an apprentice, you’ll develop the skills required to care for the feet of a range of horses, from those belonging to individuals who ride for pleasure, to elite competition horses. You’ll learn how to assess horses and how they move. You’ll become responsible for the quality and accuracy of your own work, develop the communication skills necessary to discuss the condition of horses and their hooves with owners and other professionals, including vets, and move into a position to be able to give advice on various horse welfare options, from a trim for a horse at pasture through to basic remedial work on lame animals. Farriery is a regulated profession and all farriers are required to pass the DipWCF examination before they may legally practise. Once qualified, you may work on your own or join a farriery practice to work as part of a team.

Duration: 48 months

Relevant school subjects: Science and DT

Entry requirements: Five GCSEs, including English, maths and a science

Achievement upon completion: Achievement upon completion: Level 3 (Advanced)—equivalent to A-levels

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum