Doncaster man found guilty of illegal farriery

  • 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)

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