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Farrier

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€10k > 30 
Farrier
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€10 - 30 
Related Information:
Farriery Apprentice Rates:
Phase 2 197.47
Phase 4 296.42
Phase 6 439.51
4th Year 531.49
While the apprentice is out working with his master farrier, the rate of payment is agreed between them.

Qualified Craftspersons can earn significantly more than the salary high.

Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2016

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

A Farrier is a skilled craftsperson who combines blacksmithing skills with equine studies  and specialises in making and fitting shoes for all types of horses.


The Work header image

Working in the craft of Farriery will require knowledge and practical application of:

    • Anatomy and Physiology
    • Conformation and Movement
    • Horsemanship and Horse Welfare
    • Forging Skills
    • Shoe-making
    • Horseshoeing
    • Cold and Hot Fitting
    • Conditions of the Leg
    • Conditions of the Foot
    • Foot Balance

Training as a farrier takes from 2-4 years and involves course-based study and apprenticeship.

Farriers can be self-employed, or may be employed by stud farms, riding schools and racecourses.

 


Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have good practical skills and a high level of technical knowledge. You need to be physically fit to cope with bending, lifting and stretching. You will need nimble fingers to handle small parts and hand tools. 

You should be logical, patient and have good communication skills to prioritise your workload. It is important to have good organisational skills to deal effectively with customers.

Adaptability, initiative, planning, problem solving, information gathering and the ability to work in a team environment are also important attributes for a craftperson working in this craft.  
 


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Organisation: Design & Craft Council of Ireland
  Address: Castle Yard, Kilkenny
  Tel: (056) 77 61804
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Organisation: Irish Master Farriers Association
  Address: Bamlough, Bansha, Co. Tipperary
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Organisation: Irish Farriery Authority Ltd
  Address: Curragh House, Dublin Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare.
  Tel: (045) 520765
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