Farriers prepare and treat horses' hooves, and make and fit horseshoes.

Average salary (a year)

£16,000 Starter


£30,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

47 to 49 variable

You could work

as a contractor / self-employed as customers demand

How to become a Farrier

You can get into this job through:

  • an apprenticeship
  • experience in the armed forces


You could get into this work by doing an advanced apprenticeship in farriery.

This will take 48 months to complete and includes periods of block release college and training on the job, with an approved training farrier.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) including English and maths and science
  • City and Guilds Forging Certificate

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Direct application

You may be able to apply directly if you have farriery experience from the armed forces.

Other routes

You can take the Farrier Access course offered by Warwickshire College or Herefordshire and Ludlow College.

This is a one-year, full-time course aimed at students who want an apprenticeship and do not meet the GCSE requirements, or hold a Certificate in Forgework.

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Further information

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • the ability to work well with others
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • physical skills like movement, coordination, dexterity and grace
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • thinking and reasoning skills
  • the ability to work on your own
  • patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
  • the ability to work well with your hands
  • Being able to use a computer terminal or hand-held device may be beneficial for this job.

What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

You’ll make and fit shoes for horses. Your day-to-day duties might include:

  • discussing the horse’s shoeing requirements with the owner
  • checking the horse's leg, foot and hoof, cutting away any excess hoof growth and making sure the horse is properly balanced
  • choosing the most suitable type of shoe for the horse's size, foot condition, type of activity and working conditions
  • making horseshoes by hand or machine
  • adjusting the shape of the shoes, using a hammer and anvil
  • fitting the horseshoes

Working environment

You could work at an animal park, on a farm or at a riding stable.

Your working environment may be physically demanding, outdoors in all weathers and you'll travel often.

You may need to wear protective clothing.

Career path and progression

You may be able to move into a permanent role with large stables, horse breeders, or mounted regiments of the police or army.

You could 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. 

You could also move into lecturing or provide a consultancy service.

Training opportunities

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