Two men have been successfully prosecuted for illegal farriery by the Farriers Registration Council (FRC).

On 9 January Arlo Coles of Kirk Smeaton, Pontefract, pleaded guilty at Scunthorpe Magistrates Court to carrying out illegal farriery.

And on 26 November 2012 Dean Baker of Pontyates, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to the same charge at Carmarthen Magistrates Court. Neither man was a qualified farrier.

Under the Farriers (Registration) Act it is illegal for anyone other than a qualified farrier, an approved apprentice or vet to shoe a horse.

Mr Coles admitted that on 19 September 2012 he finished off the shoeing of a horse, at a stables in Epworth, Doncaster, by filing off the nails and clenching up the nails on shoes fitted by another person.

He was fined £100, with costs of £400 and a £15 victim surcharge.

Mr Baker pleaded guilty to removing the shoes of a horse at a livery yard in Glanamman in readiness for shoeing.

He was fined £75 with £250 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. He has since embarked on an apprenticeship to an approved training farrier.