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Company of Farriers

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Updated Guidance to Equine Owners and to Registered Farriers: Covid-19

Following yesterday evening’s announcement by the Prime Minister of modifications to the restrictions to combat the spread of the Coronavirus, the FRC has engaged further with Government in respect of the delivery of Farriery services (trimming and shoeing) to equines.  The direction and guidance accords with the key questions and tests applied by the Scottish Government and the Welsh Government.
It is agreed that the FRC interpretation of the Government’s updated guidance is that Registered Farriers may provide Farriery services to equines by arrangement with equine owners, and with the following provisos:

  • Any Registered Farrier showing the symptoms of coronavirus should immediately follow the NHS guidance on Covid-19 at and must not practise farriery.
  • Registered Farriers should rigorously follow the guidance on social distancing, maintaining the 2m distance between humans while conducting Farriery at all times and in all locations.
  • Registered Farriers should regularly wash their hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds, and clean their tools and equipment, including between consultations.  Where Registered Farriers use Personal Protective Equipment, including face masks, this should be disposed of in accordance with the manufacturers’ instructions and otherwise responsibly.
  • If challenged by the Police or other law enforcement agency Registered Farriers should present their registration card and draw attention to this notice.  Where necessary Police Officers or other Law Enforcement Agencies should be asked to contact the Farriers Registration Council.
Equine owners and farriers are asked to note that this updated advice is interim and may need to be adjusted in future in light of events relating to the Coronavirus pandemic. Please regularly check back to the FRC website and the Covid-19 page on at
Latest Government Guidance on Covid-19 guidance and support, as at 11 May 2020, may be found at Latest Government Guidance
The Government’s roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis, published today, 11 May 2020,  by The Cabinet Office may be found at

The Prime Minister’s Speech of 10 May 2020 may be viewed at:

The First Minister of Scotland’s Speech of 10 May 2020 may be viewed at:

The First Minister of Wales’ Speech of 10 May 2020 may be viewed at: