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Farriers care for the feet of horses, donkeys and mules. They examine the animal's feet, remove worn or damaged shoes, prepare feet for shoeing and then fit new shoes.

Farriers’ skills are similar to blacksmiths’, but blacksmiths cannot shoe horses unless they are registered as farriers.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Starting salaries for qualified farriers in the UK tend to be in the range of £16,000 to £25,000 a year. Experienced farriers can earn £30,000 or more.

Many farriers are self-employed so their earnings will vary. They charge a fee or hourly rate which depends on the type of work done.

Conditions

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Getting In

There are only about 2,800 registered farriers in the whole of the UK, with around 300 Approved Training Farriers.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
739
1.5 %
RISE
2023
750
  United Kingdom
2018
3640
1.2 %
RISE
2023
3683

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

 There are now 3 colleges that provide approved farriery apprenticeships - Herefordshire and Ludlow College, Myerscough College (Preston) and Warwickshire College.

The Farriers Registration Council accredits and monitors the training.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association (BFBA)
Tel: 024 7669 6595
E-mail: headoffice@bfba.co.uk
Website: http://www.bfba.co.uk
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Forge-Farrier-200144323970/

College of Animal Welfare
Tel: 01480 422060
E-mail: admin@caw.ac.uk
Website: http://www.caw.ac.uk/
Twitter: @CAWInfo
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CAWInfo

The College of Animal Welfare specialises in veterinary nursing and animal care training. It operates from seven UK training centres, including the Royal (Dick) Veterinary School of Edinburgh University.

Farriers Registration Council
Tel: 01733 319911
E-mail: frc@farrier-reg.gov.uk
Website: http://www.farrier-reg.gov.uk/

Lantra Scotland
Tel: 01738 310164
E-mail: scotland@lantra.co.uk
Website: http://www.lantra.co.uk/scotland
Twitter: @LantraScotland
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/lantrascotland/

Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the environmental and land-based sector.

Worshipful Company of Farriers
Tel: 01923 260747
E-mail: theclerk@wcf.org.uk
Website: http://www.wcf.org.uk/

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