£16,000 Starter - £30,000 Experienced
40 to 48 variable (as a contractor / self-employed as customers demand)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a college course
an apprenticeshiptraining with the army
You can take a one-year farriery access course to start your career.
You can also do a Level 2 Certificate in Forgework before moving onto a farriery apprenticeship.
A small number of colleges offer these courses.
Entry requirements for these courses vary.
You can get into this work by doing a Level 3 (advanced) apprenticeship in farriery.
This takes 48 months to complete and includes periods of college study and training on the job, with an approved training farrier.
You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English, maths and science. A City and Guilds Forgework Certificate may also be useful.
You could join the army as a soldier with the Household Cavalry.
After 2 years as a mounted ceremonial trooper, you'll be eligible to apply for the Forge within the regiment and join a team of farriers. You must be registered with Farriers Registration Council.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- the ability to work well with your hands
- excellent verbal communication skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- the ability to work on your own
- the ability to operate and control equipment
- customer service skills
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
What you’ll do
As a farrier you will:
- talk to the horse owner about what work is required
check the horse's legs, feet and hooves for problems
- cut away excess hoof growth and make sure the horse is properly balanced
- choose suitable shoes for the horse's size, foot condition and type of activity
- make horseshoes by hand or on a machine
shape shoes, using a hammer and anvil
- make final checks to finish
You could work at a client's business, at a riding stable or on a farm.
Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and you may spend nights away from home.
You may need to wear protective clothing.
Career path and progression
You may be able to work with larger stables, horse breeders, or mounted regiments in the police or army.
You could also 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.