The British Horseshoeing School


British Horseshoeing School
Willowbrook Farm, Rushton Road, Desborough, Northamptonshire. NN14 2QN. U.K.
07850 214946

The British Horseshoeing School is the leading independent horseshoeing and shoemaking education facility in the U.K. Led by 3 times World Champion farrier, Darren Bazin A.W.C.F. The school runs short courses for every level, from pre-farrier taster courses through to Associate and International level, although longer courses are available, as well as apprenticeships, to take students, including those from outside the U.K. through to Diploma level.

Chichester College
North Heath Pulborough West Sussex RH20 1DL
01243 786 321

An excellent staring point for any equine enthusiast wanting to begin a career and/or improve their skills to care for horses. Covering a whole range of subject areas this largely practical course gives an opportunity to become familiar with a quality selection of horses, along with resources frequently encountered in the industry.

Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School
Cold Hanworth, Lincolnshire LN2 3RE, UK
+44 (0)1673 866700

Cold Hanworth Forge and Blacksmithing School is based in the heart of Lincolnshire and we are renowned for our craftmanship in ironwork. Under the guidance of professional blacksmith, Bob Oakes, we also offer professional and vocational blacksmithing courses as well as training and tuition in blacksmithing and forge work for all levels of ability.

We are a working forge as well as a blacksmithing school and our site covers all aspects of our work. From blacksmithing courses to commissions and especially the restoration and conservation of historical and heritage ironwork in which our expertise is second to none.

Herefordshire College of Technology
Herefordshire College of Technology Holme Lacy Campus Holme Lacy Hereford HR2 6LL, UK
0800 083 1986 or 01432 870316

Offering Blacksmithing courses, Farriery courses and courses in Metalwork and Welding, the Centre for Rural Crafts was officially opened in May 2000. This £1.5 million development provides a state of the art building for the traditional craft training of Blacksmithing and Farriery.

Herefordshire College of Technology has a long-standing reputation for its Blacksmithing and Farriery work. Trainees are recruited on a national basis and close relationships have been developed with national organisations of the crafts, these include the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, British Artists Blacksmiths Association, and the Worshipful Company of Farriers.

Myerscough College
Preston, Lancashire PR3 0RY, UK
01995 642211

Our Foundation Degree course is designed specifically for qualified working farriers. However, should you be interested in starting a career as an Apprentice Farrier (and carrying out your training at Myerscough College), an informative guide is available for download from the Farriery Training Agency at Students can study at Myerscough for the Forgework Certificate which is a pre-requisite for entry to an apprenticeship.

Nigel Fennell Farrier Services
2 Connaught Close, Yateley, Hampshire GU46 6QQ, UK
07887 501 509

Nigel offers practical clinics to Farriers who wish to improve their skills on a one to one or a small group basis incorporating many disciplines in shoemaking & forging skills from “preparing for examinations” to “further assessments” in farriery. All these clinics are recognised and approved by the Worshipful Company of Farriers gaining a minimum of 4 CPD points.

Warwickshire College
Warwickshire CV34 6SW, UK
01926 318292 (Tracy Allen)

This course is designed for those who want to gain a Farriery Apprenticeship. You will develop the forging, horse care and other skills needed to be useful to an Approved Training Farrier(ATF). This is a one-year, full time course, where you spend four days a week at College. A block of three weeks industrial experience with an ATF is included. The course covers all the qualifications required to be eligible for a Farriery Apprenticeship.

Northern Ireland

Enniskillen College
Levaghy, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, BT74 4GF
028 6634 4625

The Farrier Upskilling programme at Enniskillen Campus is designed for those already working in the industry, seeking to achieve the Diploma award of the Worshipful Company of Farriers (WCF).

The course covers the principles of equine anatomy, physiology, conformation, dynamics and movement, injuries and ailments/diseases affecting the foot and limb and the fundamentals of farriery.


Oatridge College
Ecclesmachan, West Lothian EH52 6NH, UK
01506 864800

Oatridge has built an excellent reputation for the high level of its training. It has also made a significant impact with its efforts to address the gender imbalance of a traditionally male-dominated craft. The College’s Forge is fitted with double coke forges and gas forges and has a specially designed shoeing area.

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