Profession farrier

Farriers inspect, trim and shape the hooves of horses and make and fit horseshoes, in compliance with any regulatory requirements by the National legal authority.

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Personality Type

  • Realistic / Conventional


  • Carry out post hoof-trimming activities

    Discuss and agree on a husbandry plan (written or verbal), which may contain information on workload, environmental conditions, devices and non-prescription topical applications being used.

  • Make farrier tools and supplies

    Work sections of metal to produce farriery tools and horseshoes to required specifications.

  • Attach horseshoes

    Attach the horseshoe safely, securely and in the correct position according to plan. Take all relevant information into account. Finish the hoof according to the specification, trot up the horse to confirm its soundness. Evaluate finished job and welfare of the horse.

  • Prepare equid hooves

    Trim and dress horse hooves using the appropriate tools and methods. Comply with the agreed footcare plan.

  • Control animal movement

    Direct, control or restrain some or part of an animal's, or a group of animals', movement.

  • Analyse animal locomotion

    Analyse animal locomotion either by eye or using instrumentation for measuring body movements, body mechanics, and muscle activity.

  • Advise horse owners on farriery requirements

    Discuss and agree the farriery and hoof care requirements of the equine with the responsible person.

  • Assess the footcare requirements of the equid

    Inspect the horse's leg, foot and hoof 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 and wear of shoes in discussion with the owner and given purpose and use of horse.

Optional knowledge and skills

work independently in agriculture work with blacksmithing power tools forging processes understand the needs of animals work with blacksmithing hand tools manage animal hygiene create solutions to problems manage animal biosecurity use different communication channels apply smithing techniques shape metal over anvils manage time in agricultural production types of metal