A JOB YOU DO ON THE HOOF

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Far­rier Nina Thomas worked at sta­bles in her na­tive Devon as a girl – any­thing to be with horses from dawn till dusk. It took 150 let­ters to ap­proved train­ing far­ri­ers to re­ceive one of­fer of work ex­pe­ri­ence.

A four-year ap­pren­tice­ship fol­lowed, and then a diploma and de­gree in Far­ri­ery Science.

De­spite all this in­ten­sive study, Nina says she is still learn­ing the skill of mak­ing horse­shoes. ‘There is no such thing as a text­book limb – the more horses I see, the more I know there is still so much to learn.’

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