Farriey Referrals Service
Vets from Pool House Equine Clinic have always worked closely with our local farriers. Former partner Hugh Davies MBE started the close association of the practice with farriers when he became a veterinary examiner for the Worshipful Company of Farriers – he is now one of the longest serving examiners. Following the practice tradition Richard Stephenson, one of the current partners, is also a WCF Veterinary examiner and both now serve on the Executive Group of the WCF Examinations Board.
There are a number of lamenesses that can only be treated successfully by close cooperation between farrier and veterinary surgeon. A by no means exhaustive list of such conditions includes laminitis, ring bone, side bone, caudal heel pain (navicular disease), contracted tendons and hoof defects.
In the UK today we are fortunate to have with out doubt the highest standard of farriery found anywhere in the world. Farriers serve a lengthy apprenticeship, during which they are monitored by the NVQ system. At the end of their training they must take the tough WCF Diploma exam before being allowed to register as a farrier. Once they have practiced for two years they are eligible to take further WCF examinations, first the Associateship and then the Fellowship of the Company. Farriers from all over the world aspire to hold these coveted awards.
Pool house Equine Clinic Farrier Referral Service.
Jonathan Nunn AWCF is our referral farrier assisted by Steve Wyles AWCF . Jonathan is a WCF examiner and is currently writing a thesis towards his Fellowship examinations. There is a farriery clinic on WEDNESDAY of each week (by appointment only). During these clinics a vet is at hand to radiograph the horse’s feet before, during and after remedial farriery should it be necessary.
X-rays can demonstrate imbalances within the feet that contribute towards lameness or delay healing from injury.
It is important in achieving a successful outcome for the horse that any corrective procedure is carried out with the full knowledge and cooperation of the horse’s usual farrier. Therefore we will always discuss a case with the horse’s regular blacksmith before undertaking any work.
Referrals can be accepted from other farriers as well as veterinary practices.