Farrier

Last updated: 2022-05-09

The farrier profession is to care for and protect the horse's hooves and legs against unnecessary wear and strain.

You can work as a farrier both with and without approval from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. However, there are several differences between an approved farrier and a farrier without approval.

Farriers with approval are included in the animal health staff. This means that you must practice the profession according to science and proven experience, and that you must follow rules on record keeping, certificate writing, duty of confidentiality and duty to report, and that you may work on animals that are anesthetized or have received drugs with a sedative effect.

You may, among other things, work on anesthetized and sedated horses and perform certain surgical procedures on horses hooves and perform other treatments on horses' hooves. 

To become an approved farrier, you need special training and an approval from the Swedish Board of Agriculture. 

You can also work as a farrier without an approval. No specific training is required to work as a farrier without approval. However, you are limited by the treatment ban and you must not delay that an animal that needs veterinary care receives it.

You can read more about what is required to get approval and what the treatment ban means on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website. 

The title ”approved for activities in animal health care” may only be used by those who have received such approval from the Swedish Board of Agriculture.  

Information about education 

The requirements for obtaining approval as a farrier by the Swedish Board of Agriculture differ depending on where you have been educated. 

In Sweden 

There are different paths of education and training that can lead to approval as a farrier. 

  • Basic and additional training
  • long professional experience and additional education 
  • journeyman letters and additional education.

 Read more on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website. 

From EU / EEA country or Switzerland 

You who have a regulated education from an EU/EEA country or Switzerland apply for approval via the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website and our e-service. 

From countries outside the EU / EEA or Switzerland 

In many other countries, there is no division between farriers with and without approval. The Swedish Board of Agriculture can therefore not say in advance whether specific training for farriers from other countries can lead to approval in Sweden or not. Read more on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website. 

Language requirements 

To obtain an approval, necessary knowledge of the Swedish language is required. This means that you must be able to communicate with animal keepers in Swedish, read and write records in Swedish and read and understand the legislation that concerns you. Danish and Norwegian are also equated with Swedish. 

Registers and supervision 

The Swedish Board of Agriculture maintains a register of approved farriers. The County Administrative Board is the supervisory authority. The responsible committee for animal health and medical care (www.vetansvar.se) investigates incorrect treatment and decides on possible disciplinary sanctions. 

Origin: Swedish Board of Agriculture

How to apply for approval 

You will find more information on how to apply using the e-service on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website (see link below). You must use the e-service regardless of where you have been trained. 

It costs SEK 1,660 to apply. Make sure all the documents you submit are clear and easy to read.

You do not have to apply to work as a farrier without approval. You will find more information on the Swedish Board of Agriculture's website.

Contact information

Organisation
Jordbruksverket
Phone
+46 771-223223
Address
551 82 JÖNKÖPING
E-mail
jordbruksverket@jordbruksverket.se
Web
www.jordbruksverket.se

Responsible: Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth

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