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Farrier Apprentice Says: "This Isn't Just a Horse Job--It's a People Job, Too!"

Farrier Apprentice Says: "This Isn't Just a Horse Job--It's a People Job, Too!" | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

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!

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It shouldn't happen to a farrier - Horse & Hound | Roland's nags and nails blog

It shouldn't happen to a farrier - Horse & Hound | Roland's nags and nails blog | Hoofcare and Lameness | Scoop.it

The life of a farrier’s apprentice is one huge learning curve. I find that things need to happen two or three times before they start to sink in as there’s just so much to take on board.


@hoofcarejournal writes: Roland has done it again! Or why you need to keep an eye on the horseowner's dogs when your shoeing box is out of the truck!


I'm looking forward to Roland's book, should he write one, and have already suggested to him that his blog could be collected into an instant bestseller!


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