During the horse and buggy age, farriers were as common as mechanics ensuring travellers could get from point A to point B but today, they're an elusive service provider.
TAFE SA Farriery training co-ordinator, Lewis Vaughan said anyone with a horse likely uses the service of someone specialising in horse feet. “Farriers are integral to all aspects of industries involving horses and members of this traditional trade are now in short supply.”
“With more horses now used in recreational activities and in the racing industry than at any other time in Australia’s history, qualified Farriers are in high demand.” said Mr Vaughan.
The Certificate III in Farriery is now being delivered at the TAFE SA Morphettville Campus. It is open to anyone who has access to horses to practice shoeing and trimming. Students will learn vital skills in Farriery such as foot care and shoeing plans for horses, making and fitting shoes, maintaining, repairing and manufacturing hand tools and various forms of welding.
Recent Farriery graduate, Harlan Mattschoss studied Farriery at TAFE SA for a career change from his role in disability support. “With the skills and knowledge of farriery balancing my life, I see my qualification as a stepping stone to starting my own business in the future.” Harlan said.
Another recent graduate, Elliot Blencowe has wanted to be a farrier since watching a horse being shod when he was 12 years old. Under experienced farriery lecturers at TAFE SA, Elliot has been able to grow and develop knowledge and practical skills in blacksmithing, forging and shoeing. “There will always be someone, somewhere who will need their horse shod. Farriers are here to stay!” Elliot said.
Visit the TAFE SA Horse Racing web page, email the Horse Skills program
or call us on (08) 8293 1017 to find out more about Farriery courses at TAFE SA.