For equestrians and horse owners, maintaining the health and well-being of their horses is essential. Whether working animals or beloved pets, you want to make sure your horses are well cared for. Among the many factors contributing to a horse’s overall health, proper hoof care cannot be an afterthought. Finding a skilled farrier is essential for all horse-owners, ensuring they can regularly have their horses shoes fitted or their hooves checked and looked after. Dion Clegg is an experienced farrier in Ribble Valley, Lancashire. Here we’re looking at what you should look for from your farrier.

Qualifications and Training

A qualified and properly trained farrier is a must. You need to ensure your farrier has undergone professional training and knows the prerequisite skills to adequately provide the horse shoeing or hoof care you need. Dion qualified as a Dip WCF Farrier after studying at Hereford College.


Experience often correlates with expertise in the field. An experienced farrier will have encountered a wide range of hoof issues and has developed the skills to address them effectively. Ask your farrier about their training, as well as their experience working with horses of your discipline. Dion worked under a local farrier with over 25 years’ experience before qualifying himself and has been passionate and close to horses since his childhood.

Communication Skills

Open communication between the horse owner and the farrier is crucial. A skilled farrier should be willing to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and discuss the best course of action for your horse’s hoof care. Clear communication ensures that both parties are on the same page and that the horse’s specific needs are met. Furthermore, your farrier should recognise that you are the expert on your horse and should listen to what you hope for from their service.

Attention to Detail

Hoof care is a meticulous task that requires attention to detail. A proficient farrier will take the time to carefully assess the horse’s hooves, noting any irregularities, imbalances, or signs of discomfort. They should be able to recommend whether you should be considering shoeing for your horse or if it needs more regular trimming.

Knowledge of Equine Anatomy:

A good understanding of equine anatomy is essential for hoof care. A knowledgeable farrier will understand the anatomy of the horse’s hoof and foot. This knowledge enables them to make informed decisions about trimming, shoeing, and corrective measures.

Patience and Horse Handling Skills:

All horses have different temperaments and a good farrier will recognise how best to handle any horse. Working with horses requires a calm and patient demeanour. A skilled farrier should have excellent horse handling skills, including when dealing with sensitive or nervous animals. A patient approach can help keep the horse at ease during the hoof care process.

Appointments with Dion Clegg, Farrier in Ribble Valley, Lancashire

Dion provides farrier services in the Ribble Valley. He’s fully registered with the Farriers Registration Council and fully insured with public liability insurance. You can arrange an appointment via this website.