The Farrier’s Role in Horse Hoof Care

Take time to recognize the significant contributions farriers make to the equine community.
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Farriers perform duties such as trimming horse’s feet and often applying shoes for protection. | Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt/The Horse
International Hoof Care Month is celebrated throughout the month of February. During this time, it is important to recognize the significant contributions farriers make to the equine community.

“Farriers perform duties such as trimming horse’s feet and often applying shoes for protection,” said Jason Wilson-Maki, farrier for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital, in College Station. “How complex the shoe(s) will need to be depend on the horse’s individual needs, what activities he undertakes, and what may be needed to address any hoof issues.”

Due to the fact that no minimum education is required to become a farrier, a large diversity exists within the farrier community in regards to skill sets and knowledge. However, organizations such as The American Farriers Association offer a series of voluntary examinations by which individuals can earn credentials.

“Within the United States, there is no minimum education or skill set requirement to trim or shoe horses’ feet; any person at any point may technically do farrier work,” said Wilson-Maki. “With that being said, many horseshoeing schools, both public and private, exist and attempt to impart to their students a good basic skill set

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