Alex Ridgeway DipWCF - Director of Motion Horse Ltd


What made you chose this career?

Flexibility to balance life and work, opportunities to travel, and the chance to do something slightly different.

What’s the best part about your job?

Working with a great team of farriers and apprentices, learning myself whilst helping to teach other, whether that's our apprentices, online or as part of the work I do for the international animal welfare charity The Brooke.

Alex's recent trip to Ethiopia

What’s the worst part about your job?

The 5am alarm! It never gets easier ?⏰?

What qualifications did you undertake to get to where you are now?

I did my level 3 diploma in Farriery which is a 4 year apprenticeship and the legally required qualification here in the UK to shoe horses. I'm also working towards my bachelors of science in Farriery, currently finishing my Higher diploma.

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

I would like to create farriery training resources that can help improve farriery and help farriers around the world. How I do that I haven't quite figured out yet, but I have got 5 years. I also hope our business here in newmarket grows and continuing to offer a great service to our clients.

What advice would you give to someone wanting to get started in your career?

Work on developing a wide range of skills on top of your farriery skills, for example communucation skills, presentation skills, horsemanship skills. Being a good farrier is more than just horseshoeing

Is there anything you would do differently in your career pathway?

Started a business in a warmer/sunnier climate maybe, but I wouldn't change anything so far, I enjoy doing what I do.

If you weren’t a farrier/vet/nutritionist etc. what would you be?

I always wanted to be a pilot, if I wasn't so focused on farriery right now I'd maybe think about taking some lessons.

What has been the most embarrassing or funniest moment in your career

I rather embarrassing moment was when at college I was shoeing a horse, I was so engrossed in what I was doing with the shoe my hammer slipped caught the anvil sprung up and pretty much knocked me out. I did get the job finished though ??