A Wigan man has been fined £300 by magistrates after pleading guilty to three charges of illegal farriery.

David Sargeant of Leigh Road, Atherton, admitted preparing a horse’s hoof for shoeing on 30 April and shoeing two horses on 9 July, when he appeared at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates Court on 6 November.

It is a crime for anyone other than a farrier, his apprentice or a vet to carry out farriery.

This article was first published in Horse & Hound (11 December, ’08)