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    07-11-2013, 04:20 PM
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The regulation of trimmers / farriers.

Hi All, just looking for some comparisons with different systems and the pros and cons of regulation. In the UK all farriery is restricted to Registered Farriers (farriers registration Act 1975) and trimmers are currently unrestricted. The farriers would now like to take control of trimming as well so only they can trim horses. What are your thoughts and what do other countries do? Do you have registered bodies, exams and a registry of trimmers, are there issues with finding a good one, how is it done

This is an overview of the situation that I find quite interesting Rockley Farm
     
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    07-11-2013, 07:12 PM
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Showing
I don't know if this comment actually belongs here but I really wish that farriers in the United States were either mandated to complete refresher certification courses, or had yearly evaluations on how their work is. I know there is the farrier competition (not sure what it's called) but I have met SO many with shoddy work that they think is just dandy... and I'm sick of it!
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    07-11-2013, 07:26 PM
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I like the UK's farrier registration and I agree they should control the trimmers as well, it all should fall under their jurisdiction. I wish we had that in Canada, here anyone can do what they want with hooves and call themselves a farrier, trimmer, holistic, fun-tastic, etc.
     
    07-11-2013, 08:04 PM
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Weanling
There's too much government regulation in our lives already.

If the responsible party, namely the horse owners, would learn what is good and what is bad work and then wouldn't hire those that did the bad work, there would be no need for more regulations. But, cheap and/or ignorant people hire the cheapest person they can find without regard to quality, so the pond scum farrier/trimmers just keep on keepin' on.
     
    07-11-2013, 08:09 PM
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Trained
I don't like legislation and regulation. I do think that education in the field should be more encouraged and people that continue to improve and educate are great. But, I don't like government to tell me who may or may not touch my horse. I should be able to choose.

I already can't choose my vet due to regulation and "territory" and rural living. Don't tell me I won't be allowed to choose my own farrier/trimmer.
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    07-11-2013, 08:31 PM
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Originally Posted by FaydesMom    
There's too much government regulation in our lives already.

If the responsible party, namely the horse owners, would learn what is good and what is bad work and then wouldn't hire those that did the bad work, there would be no need for more regulations. But, cheap and/or ignorant people hire the cheapest person they can find without regard to quality, so the pond scum farrier/trimmers just keep on keepin' on.
That would be hard to do there are a lot of ignorant horse owners and were I live a lot of bad farriers and trimmers. The owners that have no clue if their horses feet were done properly or not. Regulation of farriers would maybe eliminate these bad farriers.

They continue to hire these farriers that do poor work so it keeps these farriers in business. Iam not one of the uneducated horse owners any more so one less costomer for that farrier who does poor work. There are a lot of really uneducated people right around were I live that haven't a clue their horses feet look horrible.
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    07-11-2013, 08:45 PM
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Originally Posted by FaydesMom    
There's too much government regulation in our lives already.

If the responsible party, namely the horse owners, would learn what is good and what is bad work and then wouldn't hire those that did the bad work, there would be no need for more regulations. But, cheap and/or ignorant people hire the cheapest person they can find without regard to quality, so the pond scum farrier/trimmers just keep on keepin' on.
Yep and then cry for government regulation to take the place of personal responsibility.
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    07-11-2013, 08:49 PM
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Spirit88- I agree with you!

Horse owners need to know what their horses hooves should look like so they can compare to the trimmer or farriers work.



Not every 'bad farrier' is bad with feet- they can be good with feet and bad with horses.. I maintenance my horses feet but have had my fair share of 'bad farriers' and they didnt cost any less than the good farriers! I think all farriers should know how to do a good barefoot trim too and there wouldnt be a problem.
     
    07-12-2013, 03:25 AM
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What about owners having the right to trim their own horses? (not hiring their services out to anyone else for money). Or should they be stopped?
     
    07-12-2013, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by Clava    
What about owners having the right to trim their own horses? (not hiring their services out to anyone else for money). Or should they be stopped?
How does the UK law currently treat "self only" farriers?
     

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