Farriery

Farriery

“Making and fitting shoes for horses, often at or on behalf of vets and hospitals”

A farrier is a skilled craftsperson who makes and fits shoes for horses’ feet according to the needs and welfare of the animal. Farriers tend to work with veterinary surgeons and equine hospitals to provide corrective shoeing and surgical farriery. Though a farrier is not a blacksmith, they still need training in blacksmithing in order to make or modify shoes. As an apprentice, you’ll learn specialist skills, such as how to assess the needs of a particular animal, making and modifying tools and shoes by forging, and trimming and shoeing equine feet. Once qualified and registered, you can become your own boss and work your own hours—you’ll also be working outdoors and visiting a variety of people and places. You must be proposed by an approved training farrier to take up this apprenticeship.

Duration: 50 months

Relevant school subjects: DT

Entry requirements: Four GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and maths, and forging certificate

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

Potential salary upon completion: £22,000 per annum

More information: www.afo.sscalliance.org/frameworks-library/index.cfm?id=FR03176

Apply: www.apprenticeshipguide.co.uk/vacancies