Industry Bodies

Farriers Registration Council

The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) was established by the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975. It is an Act to prevent and avoid suffering by and cruelty to horses arising from the shoeing of horses by unskilled persons, to promote the proper shoeing of horses, to promote the training of farriers and shoeing smiths, to provide for the establishment of a Farriers Registration Council to register persons engaged in farriery and the shoeing of horses. To prohibit the shoeing by unqualified persons and for the purposes connected therewith.

All practising farriers must be registered with the council, pay an annual retention fee and abide by a professional code of conduct.

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Lantra is the Sector Skills Council for the Farriery Industry. Our objective is to work in partnership with government and educational/training organisations to ensure that the skills and qualifications provided to the industry are working and are those that the industry demands.

We have to work closely with Farriers to identify the business needs in order that we can shape policies, funding and learning provision for the benefit of all involved, promoting the importance of having a highly skilled and motivated workforce through training and development with the aim of increasing business productivity, sustainability – and ultimately profitability.

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Worshipful Company of Farriers

The Worshipful Company of Farriers is a City Livery Company which has its origins in 1356, when it was established as a Fellowship to oversee farriery within the cities of London and Westminster.

Six and a half centuries later, the Company still has the responsibility for securing adequate standards of competence and conduct among persons engaged in the shoeing of horses.

The Company also actively promotes and encourages the art, science, training and education of farriery.

Founded in 1356, the Worshipful Company of Farriers is number 55 on the register of the City of London Livery Companies. It received its first Royal Charter in 1674.