Farriers are in substantial demand as horse ownership booms, but formal education packages are scarce

Dan Morgan has generally loved horses, but it was not until eventually afterwards in lifestyle that he felt like he located his true calling, doing the job as a farrier.

Immediately after a vocation as a horse trainer, adopted by a go into mining, it was his sons who encouraged him to go after a new enthusiasm — shoeing horses and specialising in equine hoof treatment.

“I went into mining and I was undertaking some [shoeing] on my times off,” Mr Morgan said.

“But I had two boys I felt like I required to be household for and I actually begun to like shoeing, so I went into that whole-time.”

Dan Morgan had to vacation 11 several hours for his training course in farriery.(ABC Rural: Ashleigh Bagshaw)

That was 8 decades back now, and Mr Morgan claimed it was one of the finest choices of his lifestyle.

“It can be really rewarding, the two with job satisfaction and […] if you happen to be seeking at the financial side of points,” Mr Morgan said.

But regardless of the advantages, he said it was a job that struggled to draw in workers.

“One particular of the major factors is you can find no genuine avenue for men and women to get a foot in and actually get started to test their hand at it,” Mr Morgan explained.

The quantity of formal training possibilities is unbelievably confined, and the only course available to Mr Morgan was an 11-hour generate absent from his dwelling in Mackay.

“Just about every six to 8 weeks, I had to travel to Gatton for my training for week-long blocks,” he claimed.