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What is the Council's policy in relation to modern shoeing materials?

The Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 was set up to regulate the activity of farriery in the interests of equine welfare. Under the Act "farriery" is defined as: "any work in connection with the preparation or treatment of the foot of a horse for the imm...

Are persons carrying out illegal farriery prosecuted?

The FRC maintains the Register of Farriers and will take out prosecutions against unregistered persons when the evidence is sufficient to do so. Under the Act only: Registered Farriers, Approved Farriery Apprentices, Veterinary Surgeons or Trainees, Per...

Can I carry out farriery on my OWN horses?

Under the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, only: Registered Farriers, Approved Farriery Apprentices, Veterinary Surgeons or Trainees, Persons giving first aid in an emergency situation, may practice farriery. You may only practise farriery on your own ho...

How can a horse owner best help their farrier?

Making regular appointments as necessary for foot trimming and shoeing. Giving adequate notice when any farriery services are required. Providing a clean dry standing with good light and non slip surface to work on. Always arriving on time for for...

How can I make a claim for a substandard service?

The FRC has no power under the Act to award compensation or damages. Allegations of negligence which cannot be resolved directly between the farrier and client are a matter for the civil courts. Local Citizens Advice Bureau or Trading Standards Department...

How can I tell if my Farrier is registered?

You can tell if your farrier is registered by the badge on the windscreen of their vehicle and their personal registration card.  These are issued annually and are clearly marked with the year of validity.   If you have any doubts, you can acces...

I am struggling to find a farrier in my area. What can I do?

If you are struggling to locate a farrier in your area, firstly you should review the ‘Find a Farrier’ pages of this website for farriers in your post code area, try adjacent areas as well, there may well be more farriers in your locality th...

What type of qualifications could my farrier have and what do they mean?

WCF Diploma in Farriery ‘a.k.a. DipWCF’ formerly RSS – The examination taken at the end of a four year apprenticeship. The WCF Diploma in Farriery is the prescribed examination for admission to the Register of Farriers. Associateshi...

What is the difference between the FRC and the WCF?

The Council is a statutory body set up under the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 to administer the Register of Farriers and related functions concerning the standard for registration and the consideration of complaints of serious misconduct according to ...

Who can carry out 'barefoot' trimming?

Within the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975, farriery means "any work in connection with the preparation or treatment of the foot of a horse for the immediate reception of a shoe thereon, the fitting by nailing or otherwise of a shoe to the foot or t...