Is becoming a farrier right for me?
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How to become a Farrier
First and foremost, a farrier must have a keen interest in horses, enjoy being around them and not be intimidated by them. There a number of horseshoeing schools around the world that specialize in teaching people the basics of equine foot care along with classes on equine physiology, behaviour, anatomy, and conformation. Most farriers begin as apprentices where they can fine tune their skills and get advice from a seasoned professional. Apprenticeships can begin at anytime, regardless of prior training.
In countries such as the UK, it is illegal for people other than registered farriers to call themselves a farrier or to carry out any farriery work, and requires accreditation through the National Farrier Training Agency. Becoming a certified farrier is not a requirement in the US, but formal credentials indicate that a farrier has met a standard of professional competence, and can use the term 'certified' when advertising. There are three major certification groups in the US: The American Farriers Association (AFA), The Guild of Professional Farriers (GPF), and the Brotherhood of Working Farriers (BWFA). These associations offer supply purchase discounts, insurance plans, and continuing education clinics.