A South Yorkshire man has been prosecuted for illegal farriery at Selby Magistrates Court.

Stephen Arnold of Doncaster was accused of shoeing horses on two occasions, despite not being a farrier.

He failed to appear at court on 21 July and was found guilty of both offences in his absence.

He was fined £1,500.

The court heard that Mr Arnold shod at least two horses on 27 December 2008 at a property in Drax, Selby, North Yorkshire.

And on 7 January an investigator employed by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC) saw him shoeing horses at a property in Belton, Doncaster.

A spokesman for the FRC said it is a criminal offence for anyone other than a registered farrier, apprentice or vet to shoe a horse.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (20 August, ’09)