Farriers from all over Europe come to UK for prestigious competition

Would you know how to remove a horse shoe if it was posing a danger to your equine? Learn this essential skill now

A farrier hot shoeing a horse

Roland’s nags and nail: ‘hoping for some nice cold weather’

This week, Roland is happy to see the return of the chilly weather, and is anticipating his forthcoming training review

A farrier hot shoeing a horse

Roland’s nags and nail: ‘agony aunt, confidant and life coach!’

Roland finds out this week that part of his job requires him to be an agony aunt, and this he finds not quite so easy!

A farrier hot shoeing a horse

Colleges to take over responsibility for farriery apprenticeships

Three colleges are preparing to take over full responsibility for farriery apprenticeships after the National Farriers Training Agency was shut down

Our apprentice farrier is mastering the art of hot shoeing and is realising it is not an easy skill to master

Roland faces some tough mock exams in preparation for his finals next year and is pleasantly surprised by his results

A farrier hot shoeing a horse

Roland’s nags and nail: paying by time spent, rather than for a set of shoes

Our apprentice farrier considers a radical new idea in terms of how to charge a client for shoeing their horse

Roland Thompson

Roland’s nags and nail: reflecting on my previous life

Apprentice farrier reflects on his previous life as a corporate businessman

A farrier hot shoeing a horse

Roland’s nags and nails: ‘I’ll pass on cake’

Our apprentice farrier muses on the effect the weather has on hooves and explains why he declines tea and cake at certain stables