How to become a Farrier

Farriers inspect, trim and shape horses' hooves and make, fit and nail horseshoes, or racing plates or 'tips' for racehorses.

Personal requirements of a Farrier

  • able to cope with the physical demands of the job
  • good eyesight and hearing
  • enjoy working with horses
  • awareness of personal and industrial safety
  • good hand-eye coordination.

Avg. weekly wage:


Future growth:


Employment by state:

ACT 0%

NSW 23.7%

NT 0%

QLD 15.4%

SA 0%

TAS 5.6%

VIC 45.9%

WA 9.4%

Hours worked:



below average

Gender split:

Male 100%

Female 0%

Education level:

Not completed Year 10: 0%

Not completed Year 12: 0%

Highest qualification is secondary school: 0%

Highest qualification is a Certificate 3 or 4: 0%

Highest qualification is a Diploma or Advanced Diploma: 0%

Highest qualification is a Bachelor degree: 0%

Highest qualification is a Postgraduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate: 0%

Age bracket:

Below 35 years: 34.7%

Above 35 years: 65.2%

*The data above is sourced from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website.

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