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A farrier is a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses' hooves and the placing of shoes on their hooves, if necessary. A farrier combines some blacksmith's skills (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian's skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet.

Contents

1 History and ceremonial 2 Work

2.1 Tools used

3 Qualifications 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History and ceremonial[edit] Historically, the jobs of farrier and blacksmith were practically synonymous, shown by the etymology of the word: farrier comes from Middle French: ferrier (blacksmith), from the Latin
Latin
word ferrum (iron).[1] A farrier's work in colonial America or pre-Industrial Revolution Europe would have included shoeing horses, as well as the fabrication and repair of tools, the forging of architectural pieces, and so on. Modern day farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's hoof. For this reason, farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related, trades. In the British Army, the Household Cavalry
Household Cavalry
have farriers who march in parade in ceremonial dress, carrying their historical axes with spikes. They are a familiar sight at the annual Trooping the Colour. There is also a farrier on call "round the clock, twenty-four hours a day, at Hyde Park Barracks".[2] In the United Kingdom, the Worshipful Company of Farriers is one of the Livery Companies
Livery Companies
of the City of London. The Farriers, or horseshoe makers, organised in 1356. It received a Royal Charter
Royal Charter
of incorporation in 1571. Over the years, the Company has evolved from a trade association for horseshoe makers into an organisation for those devoted to equine welfare, including veterinary surgeons. Work[edit] A farrier's routine work is primarily hoof trimming and shoeing.[3] In ordinary cases, it is important to trim each hoof so it retains its proper orientation to the ground. If the animal has a heavy work load, works on abrasive footing, needs additional traction, or has pathological changes in the hoof, then shoes may be required. Additional tasks for the farrier include dealing with injured or diseased hooves and application of special shoes for racing, training or "cosmetic" purposes. Horses with certain diseases or injuries may need remedial procedures for their hooves, or need special shoes. Tools used[edit]

Farrier's tools

Tool Picture Function

Anvil, hammer

Used to shape horseshoes to fit horse's feet[4]

Forge and tongs

Used to heat horseshoes to allow custom shaping and specialized design, tongs hold a hot shoe in both the furnace and on the anvil[5]

Clinchers

Used to bend over ("clinch") ends of nails to hold the shoe in place[6]

Hammer

Two types, a larger design used on the anvil to shape shoes, a smaller one used to drive nails into hoof wall, through nail holes in shoe

Hoof knife

Used to trim frog and sole of hoof[7]

Hoof nippers

Used to trim hoof wall[8]

Hoof testers

Used to detect cracks, weakness or abscess in the hoof[9]

Rasp

Used to finish trim and smooth out edges of hoof[10]

Stand

Used to rest a horse's hoof off the ground when rasping the toe area.

Qualifications[edit] In countries such as the United Kingdom, it is illegal for people other than registered farriers to call themselves a farrier or to carry out any farriery work (in the UK this is under the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975).[11] The primary aim of the Act is to "prevent and avoid suffering by and cruelty to horses arising from the shoeing of horses by unskilled persons". However, in other countries, such as the United States, farriery is not regulated, no legal certification exists,[12] and qualifications can vary. In the US, three organizations - the American Farrier's Association (AFA); the Guild of Professional Farriers (GPF); and the Brotherhood of Working Farriers (BWFA) maintain voluntary certification programs for farriers. Of these, the AFA's program is the largest with approximately 2800 certified farriers.[citation needed] Additionally, the AFA program has a reciprocity agreement with the Farrier
Farrier
Registration Council and the Worshipful Company of Farriers in the UK. Within the certification programs offered by the AFA and the GPF, all farrier examinations are conducted by peer panels. The farrier examinations for both organizations are designed so that qualified farriers may obtain a formal credential indicating they meet a meaningful standard of professional competence as determined by technical knowledge and practical skills examinations, length of field experience, and other factors.[13][14] Farriers who have received a certificate of completion for attending a farrier school or course may represent themselves as having completed a particular course of study. Sometimes, usually for purposes of brevity, they use the term "certified" in advertising. Where professional registration exists, on either a compulsory or voluntary basis, there is often a requirement for continuing professional development activity to maintain a particular license or certification. For instance, farriers voluntarily registered with the American Association of Professional Farriers (AAPF) require at least 16 hours of continuing education every year to maintain their accreditation.[15] See also[edit]

Equine
Equine
anatomy Equine
Equine
forelimb anatomy Equine
Equine
podiatry Household Cavalry
Household Cavalry
Army Farriers Natural hoof care Rasp Worshipful Company of Farriers

References[edit]

^ "Farrier" at Etymonline.com ^ Household Cavalry
Household Cavalry
Info site, Farriers section. Accessed 20 March 2012. ^ Audrey Pavia; Kate Gentry-Running (4 February 2011). Horse
Horse
Health and Nutrition For Dummies. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1-118-05232-7.  ^ J. Warren Evans (13 December 2000). Horses, 3rd Edition: A Guide to Selection, Care, and Enjoyment. Henry Holt and Company. p. 314. ISBN 978-0-8050-7251-8.  ^ Dave Millwater (19 October 2009). The New Dictionary of Farrier Terms 2. 7. 2-PB. Lulu.com. p. 39. ISBN 978-0-557-15559-0.  ^ Cherry Hill; Richard Klimesh (2009). Horse
Horse
Hoof Care. Storey Pub. p. 78. ISBN 978-1-60342-088-4.  ^ Andrea E. Floyd; R. A. Mansmann (2007). Equine
Equine
Podiatry. Elsevier Health Sciences. p. 413. ISBN 0-7216-0383-1.  ^ "Getting More Out of Your Hoof Nippers".  ^ "A Valuable Diagnostic Tool
Tool
When Properly Used".  ^ "Why Rasps are the Most Important -- Yet Most Neglected -- Tool
Tool
in your Shoeing Box".  ^ Farriers (Registration) Act 1975  ^ "Finding a Farrier".  ^ "The American Farriers Association". Americanfarriers.org. 2011-04-28. Retrieved 2013-05-11.  ^ Registration guidelines for The Guild of Professional Farriers ^ " Farrier
Farrier
Accreditation". Archived from the original on 2016-10-28. 

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