Clients Responsibilities

It is the client’s responsibility to provide:

  • a clean, dry standing with good light and a non-slip surface
  • a secure, safe ring to which the horse can be tied
  • protection from rain, wind and bad weather
  • a properly fitted, sound head collar/halter with a good rope of adequate length
  • competent assistance available should the farrier require it

The client should:

  • ensure that the shoeing area is safe for horse and farrier
  • ensure that the horse is used to being handled and, if appropriate, has a companion animal close by. In the event of a horse being unruly the client or their agent, should agree with the farrier, on the management of the horse
  • understand that certain methods of control may be required to preserve life, health and safety and that a farrier has the right to decline to shoe a horse, or to discontinue shoeing, if it is felt that to proceed would compromise his or her own health and safety, that of others, or that of the horse


Further information is available in the leaflet below: A guide to getting the best from your Farrier