Two men in Britain have been successfully prosecuted for carrying out illegal farriery.
In Britain, it is an offence for anyone other than a registered farrier, approved farriery apprentice or veterinary surgeon to shoe a horse, or otherwise carry out farriery.
The Register of Farriers is administered by the Farriers Registration Council and it is council policy to pursue a private prosecution when sufficient evidence is available.
Carmarthen Magistrates Court fined Dean Baker, of Pontyates, Llanelli, after he admitted carrying out unlawful farriery.
On June 25 last year he undertook farriery on a horse at a livery yard in Glanamman by removing the front and rear off-side shoes of a horse in readiness for the immediate reception of new shoes.
At the time of the offence, Baker was neither a registered farrier nor an approved apprentice under the Farriers Registration Act.
Baker did not appear at Court in person, but pleaded guilty and submitted written mitigation. The magistrate imposed a £75 fine, a victim surcharge of £15 and ordered Baker to make a contribution towards prosecution costs of £250.
Baker has now commenced an apprenticeship with an approved training farrier.
In the other case, Scunthorpe Magistrates Court fined Arlo Burton Coles, of Kirk Smeaton, Pontefract, for having carried out unlawful farriery.
Coles is neither a registered farrier nor an approved apprentice under the Farriers Registration Act.
The allegation against Coles was that on September 19 last year he undertook farriery on a horse at a stables in Epworth, Doncaster, by finishing off the shoeing of a horse by clenching up the nails on a new shoe, which another had nailed to the horse’s front left foot, and by filing the nails of the new shoes, fitted by another, on the front feet of the same horse.
Coles attended court and admitted the charge against him. The magistrate fined him £100 and ordered him to make a contribution towards prosecution costs of £400, together with a victim surcharge of £15.
To qualify for registration as a farrier, people must, among other things, complete a four year and two month apprenticeship with an approved training farrier and pass the Diploma of the Worshipful Company of Farriers Examination.