Farrier Education

Nigel is happy to give clinics to both qualified farriers and apprentices, either at his forge or away. Experienced in providing tuition and giving lectures to individuals or groups of 200 farriers, days can be tailored to meet individual needs.

Areas covered –

  • tool making and maintenance
  • shoemaking
  • trimming and shoeing
  • preparation in both practical and theory for the forging examination, WCF Diploma examination and WCF Associate examination

Please get in touch with Nigel on 07970 786860 to discuss individual requirements.

Comments from previous attendees –

Nigel Brown is one of the best clinicians I have had visit my forge in the five years I have been holding clinics. He allows everyone to work at their own pace, catering for all standards.

During the clinic he demonstrated some basic skills including warm ups (which many overlook) and tool functionality.

Nigel made a fuller during the clinic, which I still use, and have hardly had to dress. It is the best fuller I own.

Simon Legge AWCF, September 2013

Nigel’s clinics are exceptional, he obviously puts a lot of thought into planning each clinic, which keeps a good momentum to the day. He has a really good understanding of the mechanics of shoe/tool making, which gives a clear definition to the methods he uses. A thoroughly enjoyable and informative day.

Luke Silcock AWCF, September 2013


Nigel was lucky to secure a good apprenticeship when he decided upon farriery as a career and this provided a great foundation for him to build upon. Training farriers for the future and contributing to raising the standard of farriery, and ultimately equine welfare, is important to both Nigel and Claire. We take the responsibility of training very seriously and invest into the apprenticeship period. Apprentices are encouraged to attend clinics, conferences, lectures and practical demonstrations in addition to participating in shoemaking and shoeing competitions and forging in their own time. Apprentices are a valuable part of the N R Brown Farriers Team. We do expect high standards and will not tolerate any behaviour that may compromise the reputation of the business.

To Apply

To apply for an apprenticeship with N R Brown Farriers please contact us in writing. The letter may be typed or handwritten (providing it is neat!) and should be addressed appropriately and spell checked. First impressions are everything! Do tell us why you want to become a farrier, what equine experience you have, whether you have any forging or farriery experience and please include a full cv. A polite phone call to follow up your application may be beneficial. We endeavour to contact and respond to everyone who has applied once we have sorted through applications prior to the next intake at the colleges.

Should you be successful we will invite you to join us for a period of work experience. In addition to providing us with an opportunity to assess you this is a chance for you to find out if we are the right placement for you – we encourage you to ask questions to both Nigel and Claire and the rest of the team.