Farriery and footcare
Many working horse owners do not have their horses' feet attended to regularly. Some are only shod two or three times a year by self-taught local farriers who adopt traditional shoeing methods - often causing pain and discomfort to the very animals they are trying to help.
During our training courses it is not uncommon to find severe bruising on the soles of horses' feet, and infected corns caused by shoes that have been left on for long periods. We also see split, cracked or broken hoof walls and injuries caused by ill-fitting shoes. Yet further problems are caused by the inappropriate materials used to make the shoes, such as reinforced steel and used car tyre rubber.
World Horse Welfare's farriery instructors teach local farriers and selected owners to assess, approach and handle horses correctly. They are taught to make their own tools, trim feet and where necessary fit shoes proficiently, and upon completion of the course our students are competent in recognising and correcting limb deformities and foot problems. They are also taught to communicate effectively with owners, which is an essential element of the work we want them to go on to do.
Fully-equipped with necessary skills and knowledge, our trained farriers will be able to confidently serve their communities, leaving a lasting legacy of better horse care and improved welfare.