The Worshipful
Company of Farriers

Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356

Equine Veterinary Studies Award

What is the Worshipful Company of Farriers Equine Veterinary Studies Award?
The Worshipful Company of Farriers provides opportunity for one senior undergraduate with an aptitude for equine veterinary studies from each Veterinary School to work with a senior farrier to gain first hand practical experience of the craft of farriery at no cost to him/herself.  The selected student will spend 5 working days with a Host Farrier prior to taking his/her final examination.

Subject to the satisfactory completion of the placement, the student will also be offered admission to the Freedom of the Company without the initial entrance fee.  The annual Freedom subscription will be waived for a period of 2 years following graduation.

Candidate Selection and Placement
The selection of the student to receive the Award will be made by whichever process each School prefers and the details of the nominated student notified to the Company before the end of the Easter term. The student will be placed with a Host Farrier at a mutually arranged convenient time.

The Trustees of the Company’s Charitable Trust underwrite the cost of the Awards as follows:-

  1. Accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast with limited daily allowance for a maximum of 5 days.
  2. A daily allowance is made for lunch.
  3. Travel  expenses are paid in the form of a mileage allowance or the cheaper of a return ticket on either National Express Coach or by 2nd Class Rail.
Subjects Covered
Although individual circumstances may vary, the following aspects may be experienced as routine farriery practice:-

Reasons for shoeing a horse
Anatomy and physiology of the hoof
Hoof structure and growth
General hoof care
Diseased and damaged conditions of the hoof and their repair
Restraint of the horse during shoeing
Safety of the farrier and the horse
Frequency of shoeing
Costs and economics of shoeing

Foot balance
Essentials of a well-shod hoof
Use of farrier’s tools, including anvil
Parts of the shoe and the nails
Main types of shoe
Picking up and supporting a foot during shoeing
Removing a shoe
Preparing the foot
Forging and fitting a shoe
Nailing on
Orthopaedic shoemaking and fitting
Potential faults in shoeing

Completion of Placement
Following completion of each placement, the student will receive a certificate confirming participation as evidence of Extra Mural Studies practical experience.
The student will be requested to provide the Company with a brief daily diary of his/her experiences, which will be supplied to the School and possibly for publication in various equine and veterinary periodicals.

​​​​​​​How to Apply for this Award
Where a student wishes to apply for this Award he/she should contact the School’s Academic Support Officer of Extra Mural Studies Advisor for more information.

EVSA Newsletters
The EVSA Newsletter 2019 - 2021 can be viewed here

Student Reports (2023)
Bristol - J Clarke
Cambridge - M Tumber
​​​​​Edinburgh - A Hogarth
Liverpool - M James
London - A Slobodova
Nottingham - B Richardson
Surrey - E Magowan