Farriery is defined within the Farriers (Registration) Act as being:
“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 the finishing off of such work to the foot."
Only Registered Farriers, enrolled farriery apprentices, qualified and trainee veterinary surgeons and persons carrying out first aid in an emergency may legally practice farriery.
All non-farriery activities are permissible, including:
Illegal farriery is a criminal offence and can result in a court appearance, criminal record and fine of up to £1,000 plus costs. If you have been asked to do any of the not permissible duties listed above and are not registered or have not yet started your official apprenticeship then please contact the FRC.