Please have a read of the following from NZFA and MPI.
It's worth noting that this does not mean routine work can begin again. What it does mean is that you no longer need a vet certificate to allow me to come and see your horse. However, if you don't think a vet would grant a certificate for your horse it's probably not worth contacting me.
If you have genuine concern for your horse's welfare and feel that a farrier visit would help the situation you can contact me and we will discuss and come up with a plan. Otherwise I will see you at your next scheduled appointment.
We've had a number of enquiries relating to farrier work at the moment.
As an essential service provider, we have very clear guidelines from the NZVA (New Zealand Veterinary Association) and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) about the level of veterinary services we can supply. All non-essential services are ceased. This means regular farrier work cannot be carried out until the alert level is reduced. We cannot provide letters authorising farrier work for REGULAR or mild/moderate hoof trims, routine shoeing or other planned preventative farrier needs. In EMERGENCY or URGENT situations, we can attend to your horse and if we deem farrier work necessary, we can write a letter authorising a visit from your farrier.
We understand your frustration with regards to the situation. Unfortunately, it is out of our hands. We risk losing our essential service status if we don't follow the guidelines. We can talk through your situation, discuss any concerns you have and come up with a plan to maintain adequate animal welfare standards at this difficult time.
We will keep our FB page updated with any changes in the policies as they are released. Below is the current message from the New Zealand Farrier Association: “The government has said in relation to Primary Industry and animal welfare that essential services are: “Any entity whose closure would jeopardise the maintenance of animal health or welfare standards.” While we can argue that farriers provide essential services, the majority of our work can be postponed on this four-week lock down. We can extend the length of time we attend to horses without compromising animal health. Trims can be delayed, and shoes can stay on. If clients need assistance during this time they can ring and we can give instructions on safe practices relating to their horses feet. However, if there are extreme or critical cases, we are still allowed to attend to the horse, but clients first have to contact their vet services.” ... See MoreSee Less
Hi everyone. Please read the below update from the NZ Farrier's association.
As a result of this I will be closed down during the lockout period for all routine shoeing and trimming work. The NZFA update outlines circumstances that will mean I can come and carry out the required farriery work.
I would like to sincerley apologise for giving the impression that I would be working through the lockdown period. Like many other farriers I misinterpreted the "animal welfare" section of the essential workers advice from the government and thought this meant I could carry on as usual.
I will post an update when I have worked out the best way to handle the inevitable backlog of work that will be coming. I will be checking in with other farriers to see how they plan on dealing with their backlog. Feel free to comment any thoughts you many have on this.
A small silver lining is because I routinely try to work a 4 day week with one early finish, by shifting to at least 5 full days when we get the all clear I'll be one step ahead towards getting everyone back up to date.
Thank you for your ongoing business and patience at this time. ... See MoreSee Less
Please don't panic that your vet won't be able to attend to your horse, or that you won't be able to purchase feed, even when we move to alert level 4. The provision of animal welfare services are considered essential, and so these will remain open (though individual farriers may opt not to work). You will, of course, need to adhere to strict distance and hygiene rules. Be sensible, be safe. ... See MoreSee Less