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United Kingdom

Farrier (United Kingdom)

  • Generic name of profession

    Blacksmith, Farrier, Forging, Stamping, Pressing
  • Identification

    Name of regulated profession:
    United Kingdom
  • Legal information

    Legal basis for regulation

    EU Law :
    Other  DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    National legislation:
    The Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, as amended
    Useful link:


    Type of regulation :
    Other   Licensing system based on qualification and protected title


    Recognition under:
    DIRECTIVE 2005/36/EC
    Additional information :
    Recognition under Directive 2005/36/EC:
    Recognition of professional experience Annex IV - automatic recognition
    Level in case of subsidiary application of GS:
    PSM - Diploma from post-secondary level (more than 4 years) , Art. 11 e
    Prior check of qualifications for a temporary and/or occasional provision of services:
  • Activities

    Description of activities:
    Farriery, including: assessment of the feet and limbs to be shod, trimming/preparation of horses feet for reception of shoe(s), fitting of shoes to horses feet, remedial farriery, forging of shoes and tools, assessment of equine farriery requirements, understanding provisions of the Farriers (Registration) Act and A Farrier's Guide to Professional Conduct, Health and Safety, appreciation of and ability to safely use Farriers tools and equipment including coke and gas fired forges, working knowledge of equine anatomy and understanding of anatomical structures of the foot and limb, understanding of lameness and related conditions. Farriery theory including the principles of foot balance and knowing how farriery can effect conditions of the foot and limb and what remedial shoeing processes should be undertaken. Sound understanding of the practice of shoeing, hygiene and care of the foot, styles of shoeing and trimming and awareness of modern materials.
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