The Act is intended to protect the welfare of horses by preventing unskilled people from shoeing horses, and to promote the training of farriers and shoeing smiths. Persons on the statutory register must therefore have passed proscribed qualifications. A veterinary surgeon must certify that an applicant for entry to Part III of the Register has performed regular and competent shoeing for two years before the date of the application, and sometimes applicants may ask for veterinary certificates for entry to Parts II and IV.
An amendment was published in 1977.
A copy of the original 1975 Act can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1975/35/contents/enacted
A copy of the 1964 Act with annotations of changes made since it was published can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1975/35/contents
A copy of the Farriers (Registration) (Amendment) Act 1977 can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1977/31/contents
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