Becoming a Farrier
A Farrier specializes in equine hoof care, which includes the trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves. Farrier uses blacksmith’s skills such as fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes with veterinarian’s skills. They are known as horse lovers. They read the pulse of the horses, care them and make them listen and obey.
Farriers generally work on freelance or contract basis. They visit the spot with appointments. Before they start their job, the owners restrain the horse. The Farrier inspects the horse and its standing posture before working on the adjustment of the shape of the hoof. They use specialized tools to clean, file, and trim each hoof. They also fit the horseshoes and attach them with nails, if required.
Apart from doing the regular job, Farriers also keep records of horses, clients, income/expenditure etc. They also maintain good rapport with the clients and take proper care of tools, materials and equipment.
Working Conditions: They work both in barn settings as well as outdoors. They travel to various locations because of the nature of their job. They are required to follow the safety standards to reduce the risk of injury and illness.
Education Requirements: There is no basic education requirements to become a Farrier. It can be any high school diploma, which is helpful for them to gain knowledge and communication skills.
However, apprenticeships at Farrier schools, is a must for these professionals. Apprenticeship offers an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and make it easier to find a job. Different clinics and workshops will help the aspirants to achieve their goal.
Salary Information: The wages of Farriers depend on their level of skill, experience and employer. However, the average salary remains $42,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The starting salary is around $30,500 per year, while they can earn up to $68,000 per year.