from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the work done by a farrier
  • n. a farrier's workshop.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The art of shoeing horses.
  • n. The art of preventing, curing, or mitigating diseases of horses and cattle; the veterinary art.
  • n. The place where a smith shoes horses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The art of shoeing horses; also, the art of treating the diseases of horses, now technically called veterinary surgery.
  • n. Pl. farrieries (-iz). A farrier's establishment.


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  • Always engaged in rough exercises and perilous journeys, they have learned a kind of farriery and a simple system of surgery.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • PERVUS: Horseshoeing or farriery is quite a mix between a science and an art.

    CNN Transcript Oct 17, 2009

  • “A poor forlorn and ignorant stranger, unacquainted with the very Alcoran of the savage tribe whom you are come to reside among — Never to have heard of Markham, the most celebrated author on farriery! then I fear you are equally a stranger to the more modern names of Gibson and Bartlett?”

    Rob Roy

  • As he is an excellent horseman, and understands farriery, I have bought a stout gelding for his use, that he may attend us on the road, and have an eye to our cattle, in case the coachman should not mind his business.

    The Expedition of Humphry Clinker

  • Susan Page Davis of Clinton, Maine, also has experience with horses; for a while she studied farriery and shoed horses.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • Abbas, the late Pasha, did his best to buy first-rate Arab stallions: on one occasion he sent a mission to Al-Madinah for the sole purpose of fetching a rare work on farriery.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • Natural Balance farriery uses the coffin-bone position to determine the functional hoof angle.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • This type of farriery brings the break-over point from which the horse pushes off to begin his stride farther back under the toe and helps provide load sharing through the back of the foot, as nature does, because the hoof is continually packed with dirt.

    The Last Chance Dog

  • But all the farriery details have been checked by Master Farrier Joseph Tobin, Associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers, and those facts concerning horses in general by my daughter, Georgeanne Kennedy, Irish Certificate of Equine Sciences and British Horse Society Assistant Instructor.

    Black Horses For The King

  • AFTERWORD Although farriery as a profession was not established as a guild in England until 1160, under Baron de Fer, horseshoes as such were used even in Caesar's days.

    Black Horses For The King


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  • In the UK, it is illegal for people other than registered farriers to call themselves a farrier or to carry out any farriery work. In other countries, such as the United States, farriery is not regulated, no legal certification exists, and qualifications vary.

    Historically, the jobs of farrier and blacksmith were practically synonymous. Modern day farriers usually specialize in horseshoeing, focusing their time and effort on the care of the horse's hoof. For this reason, farriers and blacksmiths are considered to be in separate, albeit related, trades.

    August 15, 2015