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My name is James Hall-Patterson. I qualified as a farrier in the summer of 2009. I studied just under five years at Warwickshire College (Moreton Morrell) as part of my apprenticeship.

Horses have always figured as a huge part of my life as I have been around them for as long as I can remember. I was lucky enough to loan my first pony at 10 years old. Gypsy was a little black Welsh type, cheeky as they come and I learnt to ride and drive with him. From there I have had several other horses with which I played Horseball and did the odd days hunting. However I now spend more time under horses than on top!

My first experience of a farrier was a battered pick-up truck with the back full of rusty shoes and a fire just dumped on top - how times have changed! I knew from an early age that this was what I wanted to do but finding information about this career was almost impossible. I trained as a veterinary nurse straight from school. From there I went on to run a small yard in Adlington for six months before finally getting an opportunity from a farrier who became my boss.

Since setting up on my own I have become particularly interested in the remedial side of farriery and working alongside vets. Also I Help out with Cartmel Racecourse on the race days as the on site farrier. I have experienced an enormous sense of achievement in making horses with problems right again.