A farrier specializes in the hoof care of equine such as horses, ponies, mules, and donkeys. Typically, they clean, trim, and shoe horses’ hooves.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A high school diploma is required to become a farrier. Additional training may be sought by attending farrier training or a collegiate farrier program. Optional farrier certification is available through farrier associations. Knowledge or a degree in equine science or animal science may be helpful as well.
A career as a farrier often requires many different elements including veterinary knowledge, blacksmithing, and business. Some level of veterinary education would also be beneficial to spot disease or problems with hooves. Knowledge of welding or fabrication would be helpful as well. If running your own farrier practice, business knowledge will also come in handy. Most importantly, an apprenticeship or job shadow with an established farrier is recommended to learn this skilled trade.
To pursue a career as a Farrier:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, animal science, industrial technology, welding, business courses, and mathematics.
Farriers are often self-employed, working full or part-time by visiting farms and horse breeders to care for the hooves of their horses. Farriers may also be employed by large stables, horse breeders, or horse racing companies.
Future Job Market/Outlook
The future outlook for a farrier will be fair over the next five years.
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