Lauren Carey says there is far more to farriery than she imagined as a child: “I’ve learned far more about horses than I ever knew before, and I thought I knew a lot before I started.
“This isn’t just a horse job, it’s a people job too. You have to be dedicated because it’s hard graft. Sometimes it’s freezing or you’re being dragged across a muddy field by a lively pony. But that’s all in a day’s work…”
Lauren, the first apprentice for Melton Mowbray farrier Nick Forryan, wouldn’t have it any other way. She is glad she took the four-year-two-month apprenticeship route straight after her GCSEs.
The first step was an NVQ2 in Horse Care and a Forging Certificate at Warwickshire College. She found some work experience and wrote to professionals asking for a placement.
She was accepted by Nick, whose great aunt had worked as a farrier when the men of the family went to war.
@HoofcareJournal asks: Is the aunt still with us? She'd be a great interview but then so would Lauren, who recently completed her apprenticeship and is setting up her own business!