Is your farrier registered?
Anyone who owns or works with horses will know the importance of keeping their horses happy, healthy and safe. Most will consider the wellbeing of their horses a priority and one of the most important things you can do for the wellbeing of your horse is to use a Registered Farrier.
Farriery is a registered profession in Great Britain and it is illegal for anyone who is not a Registered Farrier, approved apprentice, veterinary surgeon or veterinary trainee to shoe a horse. As a safeguard to the welfare of the animal and to provide assurance for the owner Registered Farriers have completed four years demanding and focused training and are qualified to provide the best hoof care, with correct trimming and shoeing, essential to avoid injury or long term damage.
Use of an unregistered farrier may be tempting sometimes for speed or convenience but owners are encouraged to consider the risks to their horse’s welfare when using an unqualified, unregistered or untrained farrier. Many owners will also be unaware that they could even invalidate their own insurance.
It has never been easier for horse owners to find a Registered Farrier or to check if the person shoeing their horse is registered. Simply ask to see your farrier’s registration card, check the register at www.farrier-reg.gov.uk or call the Farriers Registration Council on 01733 319911.
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