Henry Middleton

2017 QEST Dulverton Trust Apprentice - Farriery

Henry is a young apprentice farrier, training with Karn Herbert in Oxfordshire. The UK has high standards for farriery; four years of training are required to shoe a horse. Henry is focusing on mastering the traditional handmade skills that are in decline. During his apprenticeship with Karn, Henry will work on horses in many disciplines – polo, racing, dressage, show jumping, eventing – to give him experience in shoeing to suit different lines of work. He will also complete practical and theoretical assessments towards a diploma.

The apprenticeship covers the anatomy of the equine limb, and I am very interested in remedial work. This combines modern materials and traditional skills – a method of shoeing that can only be made by hand and where I see my future.