British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association

Equine Charities launch home CPD for farriers

Do you feel confident dealing with welfare concerns in a horse you attend?


Do you know the equine legislation involved, what to do at a rescue scene, or how to produce and give evidence in court?


Do you know who you can call to help?


Would you like to use time in lockdown to earn CPD points from the comfort of your home?


The Horse Trust and Redwings Horse Sanctuary have come together to create an online course, worth four points from your annual CPD requirement, that will provide you with all you need to tackle these situations.


It has been designed with the busy farrier in mind, who wants to keep their knowledge and skills and understanding up to date but finds it difficult to fit CPD and training in around a busy client schedule. For just £10 you can get four of your 10 annual CPD points at home, in your own time, and around your work commitments.


The course provides practical and useful information which will give you confidence if you are ever in a position where a horse's welfare is compromised, and you need to deal with it. It is packed full of additional take home resources and helpful contacts so that, after completion, you will have lots of useful tools to continue to assist you on a day to day basis.


As welfare charities we recognise that farriers are at the forefront of equine care provision and are one of the main equine professions that horse owners and keepers deal with on a regular basis. You are therefore in a great position to promote positive welfare for horses among your clients, as well as noticing when welfare may be compromised, so you are essential to our work in fighting the current equine welfare crisis in the UK.


Jeanette Allen, Chief Executive of The Horse Trust:

“Throughout our history The Horse Trust has always had strong ties to the craft of farriery, recognising the intrinsic role they play with horses. Our experience dealing with legal cases involving equine neglect highlighted the important roles farriers play and this course shows our commitment to supporting and giving them confidence in this area. By collaborating with Redwings, we have been able to share a wealth of expertise from the equine charity sector to create a much-needed resource that all farriers can access and benefit from.”


Lynn Cutress, Chief Executive of Redwings:

“We are really proud to have collaborated with The Horse Trust on this training. We know farriers are often at the coal face of welfare issues, especially as they establish their businesses after qualifying when they may more often encounter novice owners who require extra help and support. The offline course we developed to help with this issue has been shown to broaden their understanding of equine welfare and the role of welfare organisations. Now, thanks to The Horse Trust, this course is accessible to many more farriers and we hope it builds their confidence to call on us if ever they would like support.”


Ben Benson AWCF, DipWCF, Master Farrier, ATF:

“In today’s society we see so much more litigation and accountability that as working farriers we are often asked by clients or horse owners to make decisions or give opinions without sometimes the ability to fully understand what we as the professional can and cannot say in situations that we come across. Sometimes it is even just knowing what to say or how to say it appropriately. This is an excellent course that all farriers and apprentices can do that really does add to our professional development. Thank you for putting it together for us in such an easy format!”


Daniel Harman AWCF, Master Farrier:

“With the course being 100% online it makes it an easily accessible way to achieve some annual CPD points, in an area that is really relevant and topical for us at the moment. As a training farrier, I think this course will be a great introduction to welfare and legislation for apprentice and newly qualified farriers, who may not have come across any issues in practice yet. I think it will help build their confidence in knowing what a welfare case is, and on when, how, and who to report it to.”


To find out more and to register your interest in the course, please email