Promoting your Profession and Registration
As a Registered Farrier you will have more than likely undertaken, as a minimum, a four year and two month farriery apprenticeship including achievement of the WCF Diploma in Farriery (DipWCF) in order to gain your right to registration within the Register of Farriers and subsequent legal right to practice farriery within GB.
Without realising, as part of your day to day work on yards and around horse owners, you are representing the profession of farriery through both your workmanship and conduct.
All Registered Farriers can play a part in promoting the profession of farriery by educating horse owners about the requirements to become a Registered Farrier and sharing with owners the skills that they have achieved through their training and working practices.
Show your Registration Card
Upon payment of the annual Retention Fee each year all Registered Farriers are issued with an annual Registration Card. The card includes your name and the year of validity. Carry your card with you at all times when you are working, so that you can show it to owners upon request.
In addition if a horse owner wants to check your registration you can direct them to either the ‘Find a Farrier’ feature of this website or to contact this office where a member of staff will be happy to check the Register on their behalf.
Display your Car Window Sticker
Again issued annually with the year of validity. Make sure your car window sticker is clearly visible in your vehicle window for owners to see.
Describing your Registration Status
The correct terminology to use is "Registered Farrier".
Explain your Post-Nominals / Qualifications
Farriers are encouraged to display formally recognised professional qualifications that they possess such as the DipWCF, AWCF or FWCF or equivalents. You may make reference in your letterheads and advertising material to commercial trade qualifications and to areas of specialist expertise, but must ensure that any such qualification cannot be confused with formally recognised farriery qualifications, and that any claims to specialist expertise are based on proper training and experience.
When you take on a new client take the time to explain to them what qualification(s) you hold in farriery and what areas / subjects your training covered. For example do your clients know that your apprenticeship was four years and two months in duration? you will have had to make a variety of different types of shoe? and that you have been formally trained in the trimming of horses feet?
All Registered Farriers are expected to continue their professional education by keeping up to date with general developments in farriery to keep their knowledge and skills up to date throughout their working life.
Promoting Awareness with Horse Owners
The Council has developed a number of different information leaflets aimed at horse owners. They include information on the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 and details of a horse owners responsibilities to their farrier. The flyers are often used by the Council at any exhibitions it attends, but can also be sent to Registered Farriers on request for distribution among your clients or for your own display areas at shows.
Current leaflets available include: