Importance of Using a Registered Farrier for Your Horse

Registered Farriers are regulated by the FRC (Registered Farriers Council) and are expected to abide by the Code of Professional Conduct.

There are about 2,900 Registered Farriers who are recognised by the FRC as being qualified either by examination and/or training and/or experience to carry out work safely and competently. A few others are registered by virtue of holding an equivalent Army qualification, an equivalent overseas qualification, or recognised European experience, that has been officially approved by the FRC.

Only Registered Farriers, Enrolled Farriery Apprentices or persons undergoing Council approved courses, Veterinary Surgeons or trainee Veterinary Surgeons working under supervision and persons giving first aid in an emergency situation to a horse may practice farriery legally. For others to do so is a criminal offence which can result in a fine of up to £1,000, legal costs of a similar magnitude and a criminal record.

To find out if a farrier is registered, report an illegal farrier and get more information on this important area go to Farriers Registration Council : FRC (

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