Guide on Training to be a Farrier
Friday 03 December 2010
Farrier training is a long and challenging process that requires a great deal of hard work and commitment. However, training to be a farrier is also one of the most rewarding experiences in the equestrian world. As a horse farrier tends to horse hooves and all related matters, the responsibility of these equine jobs is very high. From making and fitting horseshoes, to looking out for health issues, this is a role that is varied.
The Forging Exam must be taken no more than 3 years before you being an apprenticeship. This test is made up of 15 forging tasks as well as an online test with questions related to the topic. The Forging Certificate is issued upon successful completion.
Training to be a Farrier
The next step in farrier training is to complete a farrier apprenticeship, which when finished, allows you to register officially. The farrier apprenticeship must be undertaken for a minimum of four years and two months under the employment of an Approved Training Farrier (ATF). On-the-job training is given here and at college.
You can be entitled to funding for farrier training if you are aged between 16 and 18. If you are 19 or older, funding can be given but your farrier apprenticeship employer may have to contribute £3,500 towards it.
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