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Farriers remove worn or defective shoes from hooves using nail snippers and pincers. They examine hooves to detect bruises and cracks, determine required trimming, and trim and shape hooves using knives and snippers. They measure hooves using calipers and steel tape and select aluminum or steel shoes to match the hoof measurement and usage. They also place leather pads, sponges, or oakum-pine tar mixtures on bruised or cracked hooves for protection. They shape shoes to fit hooves using swage, forge, and hammer. They nail shoes to hooves and file hooves flush with shoe.

Certification Requirements:

An occupational license is required. Applicants must have good character and respect for the integrity of all participants. Every application is reviewed, updated and carefully processed by the Licensing unit before a license is issued.

Recertification Requirements:

Fingerprinting is required of each applicant. Where it is found that his/her participation in racing would be inconsistent with the public interest or the best interest of racing generally, a thorough investigation is conducted before unfavorable action is taken in the form of a denial, suspension or revocation of his/her license.

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Fees: (as of August 1, 2010)


Licenses Issued and Active:

From January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, there were 133 issued for this occupation.
From January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, there were 147 issued for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

State of New York Racing and Wagering Board
1 Broadway Center, Suite 600
Schenectady, NY 12305-2553
Phone: (518) 395-5400
Fax: (518) 347-1250

Standard Occupational Classification:

39-2021.00 - Nonfarm Animal Caretakers
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Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 9/13/12.

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