Farrier

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Practical or MechanicalNature or RecreationSkill Level 2

Farriers prepare and treat horses' feet, so that they can make and fit horseshoes. Farriers inspect, trim and shape horses' hooves and make, fit and nail horseshoes, or racing plates or 'tips' for racehorses. Future Growth Static

Farriery is sometimes combined with blacksmithing work.

 

Knowledge, skills and attributes


Farriers need 

  •  to cope with the physical demands of the job

  •  have good eyesight and hearing

  • to  enjoy working with horses

  •  to be awareness of personal and industrial safety

  •  have good hand-eye coordination.

Skills required At work

  • Ability to follow Safety Standards

  • Attention to Detail

  • Blacksmithing

  • Communication

  • Fit and able to Perform Physical Tasks

  • Knowledge of Animal Care
    (Source: Open University)

 

 

Duties and Tasks

You might also work with veterinary surgeons or equine hospitals to provide corrective shoeing and surgical farriery.

Farriers may perform the following tasks:shaping shoe

  •  inspect horses' legs and hooves while they are stationary as well as in motion to check for irregularities, interference, peculiarities in gait (how the horse walks) or abnormalities in size and shape of hooves

  •  talk to the horse owners or trainers to decide on types of shoes and nails required

  •  remove worn or faulty shoes and note wear patterns, foreign bodies, bruising, infections or deformities

  •  examine, clean, trim and shape hooves using knives, hoof cutters and rasps

  •  measure hooves, take a template of each hoof on a piece of cardboard and estimate the length of metal required for the shoes

  •  select and cut metal according to type, size and weight of shoes and type of horse

  •  hold shoes against hooves to determine the amount of shaping required

  •  heat shoes in a forge, shape them on anvils and hammer them to size

  •  place and nail shoes to hooves and check that clips and clenched nails are smooth and lined up with the walls of each hoof

  •  remove steel shoes from horses before they race, replace with light aluminium shoes or 'tips' and replace the steel shoes after the race

  •  work in the areas of corrective or surgical shoeing.

  • craft metal shoes to fit horses hooves using smithing skills

  • keep records of horses, clients, income, and expenses

  • maintain a clientele and schedule work on a regular basis

  • properly care for tools, materials, and equipment

  • remove worn and poorly-fitting shoes using specialised tools such as pincers and snippers
    (Source: Job Guide & Open University)

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