CJ Carrel Ltd Registered Farrier

CJ Carrel Ltd Registered Farrier Christopher J Carrel DWCF (Hons) AWCF traditional, natural balance, remedial trimming and horse sho
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‘Everyday is a school day……’A great day of learning at a CPD clinic with other farriers and trimmers studying and dissec...
29/09/2023

‘Everyday is a school day……’

A great day of learning at a CPD clinic with other farriers and trimmers studying and dissecting the equine limb using cadaver feet and legs.

Many thanks to Farriery Tuition with Jay Tovey FWCF and Stephen Hill Fwcf for a very informative and interesting presentation and demonstration - the day flowed well inspiring discussion and thoughts on internal findings and pathological changes from a farrier’s perspective.

Also a huge thanks to Sarah Logie FWCF for organising and hosting the well attended event 👍🐴

⚠️ Warning; some graphic images!

Last week I hosted Cody Bogard CJF DWCF for the day - Cody, a Farrier from the United States is in the UK on a Cultural ...
21/09/2023

Last week I hosted Cody Bogard CJF DWCF for the day - Cody, a Farrier from the United States is in the UK on a Cultural Exchange Programme for 3 months , travelling around working with different Farriers from different parts of the country - and as he’s been in the North of Scotland for a few weeks he wanted to spend yet more time in the Highlands and so another day with me!

Last time Cody was with me a few weeks ago we worked on some Highland stalking ponies on huge Estates up in the glens - this time we stayed close to home on the Black Isle; trimming Clydesdales in the morning and then Shetlands in the afternoon - that’s the native breeds of Scotland covered 🐴

Again many thanks for your help Cody Bogard aka Dixie's Farrier Service - always appreciate the company as well. I know your time in the UK on this Programme is drawing to an end so good luck with the rest of your trip and your journey home - I’m sure you’ll be glad to get back to better weather, drive on the right side of the road and under your own horses!! 🐴🧲🔥🔨

So last Tuesday I had the opportunity to host an American Farrier for the day - Cody Bogard CJF DWCF t/a Dixie's Farrier...
03/09/2023

So last Tuesday I had the opportunity to host an American Farrier for the day - Cody Bogard CJF DWCF t/a Dixie's Farrier Service from Indiana in the United States is spending 3 months in the UK on the BFBA Edward Martin cultural exchange program co-organised by the American Farriers Association and the British Farriers and Blacksmiths Association.

Cody and I spent the day heading up into the glens - first of all to Kildermorie Estate, meet the gamekeepers and then trim/shoe some Highland ponies used for carrying game during the deer stalking season. Then onto Benmore Estate to shoe more stalking ponies. After that we headed back to the Black Isle via the West Coast to give Cody a chance to see some spectacular views of the Highlands.

It was an enjoyable day and despite the hours spent driving it was very interesting to talk about work, business models and lifestyles as Farriers from either side of the pond!

Many thanks for your assistance Cody and good luck with the rest of your travels in the UK.

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Another year, another Royal Windsor Horse Show…..21 years as Show Farrier!! 🍾🥂Very honoured to be invited back to provid...
10/05/2023

Another year, another Royal Windsor Horse Show…..21 years as Show Farrier!! 🍾🥂

Very honoured to be invited back to provide Farrier cover all week from yesterday for the early arrivals through to the last day of the on Sunday evening.

It might be a bit squelchy underfoot but bring your wellies/brollies and enjoy everything the Show has to offer starting with CDI4* Dressage Grand Prix this afternoon. There’s a break in the clouds and the forecast looks better towards the end of the week 🌤️☀️

Here’s to a successful week ahead for all competitors - I’m on-site and on duty with two other Farriers for any shoeing emergencies 🔥🧲🐴

My number is 07788 971942 or contact the Stable Manager’s Office.

Our first Farrier CPD Day was a great success here at Wester Raddery on the Black Isle.My thanks to Carl Bettison from S...
16/04/2023

Our first Farrier CPD Day was a great success here at Wester Raddery on the Black Isle.

My thanks to Carl Bettison from Stromsholm Farriers Supplies for putting the clinic on together with Jay Tovey and Jeff Newnham.

These guys took us through a series of presentations, lectures and practical demos throughout the day - keeping it interesting, informative yet entertaining with a sense of humour!

I think we all learned something new and above all else; it was good to get 17 farriers from across the North of Scotland together - the messages of thanks I’ve received have been encouraging and inspiring to host more highlighting the importance of Continuous Professional Development.

I would like to thank everyone that made the effort to attend and support this event especially the 3 clinician farriers who traveled to the Highlands. And a huge thanks to my wife Leanne (Elsi Equestrian) for her assistance behind the scenes; tea lady; horse holder etc!

Here’s to the next CPD day 👍 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🐴

Good evening,Well the weather forecast looks good for Saturday, the confirmed numbers of those attending has reached 17 ...
13/04/2023

Good evening,

Well the weather forecast looks good for Saturday, the confirmed numbers of those attending has reached 17 with a possibility of one or two more drop-in appearances!

I’ve been saying to those that have messaged/phoned me to start arriving at 0830-0900 ish to get a tea/coffee with a pastry and a catch-up before the clinic starts so feel free to head over early - there’s plenty of parking!

For those of you that use What3Words it’s:

blemishes.hindering.altering

….which will bring you to the top of the road end. For everybody else the address is:

Wester Raddery
Killen
Fortrose
IV10 8RA

I’ll cut/paste some directions in the comments below - your sat/nav may well take you to the neighbouring farm (Easter Templands) which is the centre of the post code so it’s best to follow the directions. If anyone gets lost phone me on 07788 971942

Lastly, there is an opportunity to purchase some The Farriers Foundation merchandise and donate to raise funds for our very worthy charity so bring your wallets!

See you all on Saturday morning 👍

Chris

Good morning and a Happy New Year to all my clients, their horses, ponies & donkeys - good health, soundness and happine...
02/01/2023

Good morning and a Happy New Year to all my clients, their horses, ponies & donkeys - good health, soundness and happiness for 2023! 🐴🐴

It’s a beautiful crisp morning here on The Black Isle - first day back at work after the holidays and the diary is open for bookings.

Looking ahead to this next year with Elsi Equestrian we have some exciting ideas in mind here at Wester Raddery such as…. XC training, dressage-on-grass events, Farrier clinics and equine spa days so watch this space for more details…

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A great weekend at   trade event helping out on The Farriers Foundation stand raising funds for our very own charity - a...
30/10/2022

A great weekend at trade event helping out on The Farriers Foundation stand raising funds for our very own charity - a huge thank you to all of you who’ve purchased merchandise, nominated sponge soaks or just very kindly donated.

It was also a good opportunity to catch up with other farriers; ex-Army and civilian, apprentices and Hereford College staff. Certainly some alcohol drunk last night!!

Well worth the long drive from the Highlands - looking forward to next year’s event already!! 🐴🧲🔨🍻🥃

This is Hamish, he is en route to Horse of the Year Show at the minute to compete having qualified at the Land Rover Bla...
07/10/2022

This is Hamish, he is en route to Horse of the Year Show at the minute to compete having qualified at the Land Rover Blair Castle International Horse Trials. A fabulous customer and a very special chap deserved something a little special for this exciting event! Hoping your shoes bring you lots of luck Hamish and his owner Sharon 🍀

Very honoured to be invited back to Windsor for the week to cover the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Platinum Jubilee ...
09/05/2022

Very honoured to be invited back to Windsor for the week to cover the Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Platinum Jubilee Celebration beginning on Thursday - my 20th year as Show Farrier!!

In the meantime, I’m on the Showground, on site and on duty for the PJC rehearsals for the next three days - great to see so many different acts/displays from so many different countries working together to choreograph a pageant to celebrate Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee!

It’s great to be part of a team - two other Show Farriers, Army Farriers with their Regiments and the HorsePower Team that plan, coordinate and run the whole event. And yes there’s the social side catching up with staff from previous years, ex-army mates and hopefully some old clients - well worth the 12 hour drive down from Inverness yesterday! Here’s to a good week!! 🐴🏇🏿🥂🍻

So yesterday was a great day providing Farrier cover at a local fundraising event - The Ross-shire EGS and Laminitis Sho...
15/08/2021

So yesterday was a great day providing Farrier cover at a local fundraising event - The Ross-shire EGS and Laminitis Show, held at Sheep Park near Balblair on the north coast of the Black Isle - watching and supporting clients compete in a variety of classes; showing in-hand, ridden, mounted games and clear round show-jumping. It was so nice to see so many happy faces at what was probably the first Show for 18 months for most. A very well done to everyone who took part, it was a great atmosphere at a well organised event - and thank you for making me and my wife Leanne feel very welcome. See you all there again next year!!

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Another interesting week working alongside Keith, meeting new clients; from trimming donkeys to shoeing Clydesdales and ...
27/03/2021

Another interesting week working alongside Keith, meeting new clients; from trimming donkeys to shoeing Clydesdales and everything in between!! Even found time to explore a beach with Lottie on the way home from the Lochinver area. The adventure continues....

First day at work......up on the North West coast of Scotland meeting new clients - well worth the drive through some st...
11/03/2021

First day at work......up on the North West coast of Scotland meeting new clients - well worth the drive through some stunning glens and landscapes 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 !!

After a month of moving house plus my forge, tools and stock up to the Highlands of Scotland we finally got the keys to ...
08/03/2021

After a month of moving house plus my forge, tools and stock up to the Highlands of Scotland we finally got the keys to our new home on Friday afternoon and moved in then opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate!!

Following a weekend of unpacking boxes in the house, I’ve loaded up and re-stocked my truck ready for shoeing. I’m based on the Black Isle and ready to take on and book in new clients so please give me call on the number below to discuss your horse or pony’s hoof care needs.

With over 25 years of Farriery experience in the Windsor area; shoeing Army horses in the Household Cavalry, Carriage Horses in the Royal Mews and then a variety of disciplines including polo ponies, driving horses, park hacks, dressage and competition horses focusing on corrective foot balance, remedial shoeing backed up with a high standard of workmanship and reliability.

Please phone, text or WhatsApp me on 07788 971942

Chris

CJ Carrel Ltd AWCF
Registered Farrier

Coronavirus Update: Lockdown  #2With the the Government’s announcement that from today the Thursday 5th November a full ...
05/11/2020

Coronavirus Update: Lockdown #2

With the the Government’s announcement that from today the Thursday 5th November a full lockdown for 4 weeks will be implemented in England, so I want to reassure my customers of the following:

1. I will be continuing to provide a full farrier service - this is in line with animal welfare and following guidelines set out by our governing and advisory bodies; The Farriers Registration Council (FRC) and the British Farriers & Blacksmiths Association (BFBA).
2. I will have the appropriate PPE, hand sanitiser, gloves, masks, Virkon anti bac sprays etc along with a change of clean clothes if required.
3. Only one person/owner may be present if needed to hold a fractious horse/pony.
4. I will be looking at bookings and grouping together appointments in order to reduce travel time and attending more yards than necessary per day please do bear with me if this means your time gets amended.
5. I will have my own lead rope in order to tie up with if necessary to minimise touch-point contact.
6. Please don’t be offended if I ask you to step back or wear a mask if we have to work in close proximity.😷😊
7. Lastly if you have any concerns surrounding your horses hoof care over the next month then please don’t hesitate to get in touch - it’s a tough time ahead, but we are all in it together.

Throwback to exactly a year ago this evening before the first day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019 when I checked into t...
06/05/2020

Throwback to exactly a year ago this evening before the first day of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2019 when I checked into the Stable Manager’s office to leave my contact details as Show Farrier then took my girls for a run along the river bank in Home Park (Public) under the majestic backdrop of Windsor Castle. This would’ve been my 18th year as Farrier had it not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic; What a difference a year makes....

16/04/2020

An artistic moment, directed by inspired by taken by moi! Rebecca 😘Go give them both a follow! 🐴 💓 ——
Nature stops for noone. Welfare continues Please can he have a new watch 😃😍

22/03/2020

To all my valued customers

During what is turning out to be an unprecedented and ever-changing time, I wanted to take some time to offer some advice around my measures in this difficult time and also support to all of my customers.

My peronal bio security measures follow the guidelines sent out from the Public Health England department.

1. I always carry handsoap and will regularly wash hands during my working day and always in between horses.
2. Owners who require to be present will be requested to remain the distance advised of 2m away.
3. I have a supply of tissues and any sneezes will be caught in a tissue and placed into my own bin, I always take my own rubbish home to dispose of.
4. If any customers have symptoms I respectfully ask you to let me know (in confidence if required) and alternative arrangements can be made
5. Payments are to be made electronically, online or by card machine, I have anti bacterial wipes for this equipment.

This is a rapidly changing set of circumstances however animal welfare is a necessity and as such unless direction is given to the contrary I will continue to provide my service to you and your beloved horses.

The economic impact of the measures introduced by the government will affect everyone, we are all in this together. Please feel free to message, email, text me for advice should you find your personal circumstances are changing. Together we can get through this, I do not wish any of my customers to suffer extra stress surrounding the welfare of their horse.

My best wishes to everyone, stay healthy and positive.

Chris

It’s the little things in life that mean so much.... 🐴❤️          @ Beaumont Farm
14/02/2020

It’s the little things in life that mean so much.... 🐴❤️ @ Beaumont Farm

Very honoured to be contacted by Jonathon Nunn FWCF earlier this year to see if I would like to join The Farriers Founda...
11/02/2020

Very honoured to be contacted by Jonathon Nunn FWCF earlier this year to see if I would like to join The Farriers Foundation team as a Trustee to a very worthwhile charity for our trade and profession.

Last night, both Mark Trussler FWCF and I were introduced and welcomed to the Team for our first meeting at Grant Moon FWCF place up near Derby.

A lot of ideas and fund-raising suggestions were brought to the table for the year ahead - so watch this space and follow the Farriers Foundation page on Facebook.

The Farriers Foundation welcomes two new trustees to the committee Mark Trussler Fwcf and Chris J Carrel joined us this week. New beginnings for us all. We are looking for volunteer helpers also who can assist with attending fundraising events. Please contact us if you would like to be involved. Email [email protected]
http://www.thefarriersfoundation.co.uk/index.htm

Dear Clients, As a precautionary measure, I have sprayed all my shoeing tools, tool box, leather chaps and work boots wi...
13/01/2020

Dear Clients,

As a precautionary measure, I have sprayed all my shoeing tools, tool box, leather chaps and work boots with Virkon - a DEFRA approved virucidal disinfectant to combat the spread of EHV-1.

I’ll do this numerous times throughout the working day - and before leaving a yard and arriving at the next.

I will also carry a full change of clothing including a clean jacket - but I will aim to only work at one yard each day then go home, shower and change into fresh clean clothes for the next day - this is an attempt to eliminate cross-contamination between yards.

As well as these measures, I will fully respect individual yard bio-security protocols and lockdown rules - please let me know if there’s any in place - I will also monitor yard social media posts.

Thank you for understanding - working together we should be able to stamp out the spread of this awful equine virus with honesty, responsibility and common sense.

Last shoe being fitted before the Lord Mayor’s Show in London tomorrow. All the horses  have been shod up this week in p...
08/11/2019

Last shoe being fitted before the Lord Mayor’s Show in London tomorrow. All the horses have been shod up this week in preparation for the Parade.

A nice morning here at Smiths Lawn Horse Trials - a damp start soon cleared to give us some sunshine. I’m providing Duty...
05/08/2019

A nice morning here at Smiths Lawn Horse Trials - a damp start soon cleared to give us some sunshine.
I’m providing Duty Farrier over the two days parked near the SJ warmup covering lost shoes, loose shoes and diffy stud holes.
Good luck to all of the 730 competitors entered today and tomorrow 🏇🏿🏇🏿

This weekend I’m providing Duty Farrier cover at the Royal Windsor Fun Ride - we have approximately 600 riders over the ...
25/05/2019

This weekend I’m providing Duty Farrier cover at the Royal Windsor Fun Ride - we have approximately 600 riders over the two days riding an 8 mile course through Windsor Great Park with optional fences, jumps and a water obstacle.

I’ll be positioned near the secretary’s tent and veterinary point with my truck to respond to any shoeing related concerns: lost shoes, loose shoes and risen clenches!

And as you can see in the last photo, I’ve familiarised myself with assisting the Duty Vet operating the Horse Ambulance trailer, winch system and screens just in case of the unlikely event.... ✅

How many feet in this photo?!? Lottie ‘helping’ by getting under mine whilst I’m trying to shoe another!
04/05/2019

How many feet in this photo?!? Lottie ‘helping’ by getting under mine whilst I’m trying to shoe another!

First horse shod for a showing class at Royal Windsor Horse Show next week (the wife’s wonder pony!)            @ Old Wi...
02/05/2019

First horse shod for a showing class at Royal Windsor Horse Show next week (the wife’s wonder pony!) @ Old Windsor

Wishing all my customers, their families, horses and ponies a healthy, eventful and successful 2019!! That’s me legally ...
01/01/2019

Wishing all my customers, their families, horses and ponies a healthy, eventful and successful 2019!!

That’s me legally Registered for another year - back to work as normal tomorrow, the 2nd January. Happy New Year!! 🐴 🏇🏿🏵🏆

For all my Scottish friends - I know my wife Elsi would like one of these made from her mare’s shoes!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
06/08/2018

For all my Scottish friends - I know my wife Elsi would like one of these made from her mare’s shoes!! 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

The finished result, my take on the beautiful Scottish thistle, mounted on a used horseshoe which has been highly polished to give it a beautiful finish .
For price please see shop section of page

Good morning to all the competitors and crew at the Smiths Lawn Horse Trials 2018.It’s already warming up to be a scorch...
06/08/2018

Good morning to all the competitors and crew at the Smiths Lawn Horse Trials 2018.

It’s already warming up to be a scorcher of a day, so please offer your horses and dogs plenty of fresh water - a tap with good pressure is situated right next to where I’m working.

I’m parked up in the lorry park against the tree-line, part way along the sand track - please come and see me for any lost shoes, loose shoes and diffy stud holes you may have.

Otherwise, good luck to all competitors over the next two days! 🏇

Chris

A long day, parked up on the drill square at Victoria Barracks in the summer heat providing farrier cover for the Mounte...
13/07/2018

A long day, parked up on the drill square at Victoria Barracks in the summer heat providing farrier cover for the Mounted Police units carrying out regular patrols in Windsor town center for the visit of the President of the USA Donald Trump as he swings by to meet HM The Queen at Windsor Castle for tea and cakes!! 🇺🇸

Despite the wintery driving conditions this morning, there’s a good sized group of us here at the Handmade Shoes Spring ...
18/03/2018

Despite the wintery driving conditions this morning, there’s a good sized group of us here at the Handmade Shoes Spring Clinic sitting through an interesting presentation from Australian farrier Dr Brian Hampson talking about the feral horse (brumby) existing in the Outback.

The next presentation is with another Australian farrier Robert Stevenson currently working in Dubai, showing us the use of modern materials in farriery - creating acrylic shoes using molds.

13/01/2018

What a lovely uplifting story....

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my customers and their families a very Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎁🥂🎅🏻Thank yo...
24/12/2017

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all my customers and their families a very Merry Christmas!! 🎄🎁🥂🎅🏻

Thank you all for your loyal and valued custom and here's to a happy, healthy and fun-filled 2018!! 🍻🍾🥂🥃 Chris x

(P.S. my phone will be on for any urgent calls and emergencies over the festive period 🐴)

13/12/2017

So the names were thrown up and one picked out while watching the dressage at Olympia!! Congratulations Dalia Beni! (Not easy doing that one handed!)

❄️❄️❄️❄️ CUSTOMER THANKYOU GIVEAWAY❄️❄️❄️❄️In order to say thank you to all our loyal customers throughout the year we a...
11/12/2017

❄️❄️❄️❄️ CUSTOMER THANKYOU GIVEAWAY❄️❄️❄️❄️

In order to say thank you to all our loyal customers throughout the year we are giving away 2 tickets for the Sunday 17th December evening performance at Olympia Horse Show. Just comment "Merry Christmas" below if you fancy a trip to the best horse show around..... 🎄🎄🎄🎄

Winner announced Wednesday 13th December 2017 at 8pm

Please note this is for tickets only winner will have to arrange transport to the venue.

https://www.olympiahorseshow.com

Albeit work related - I had an enjoyable afternoon on the Isle of Wight......so much so I almost missed the ferry home!!
08/12/2017

Albeit work related - I had an enjoyable afternoon on the Isle of Wight......so much so I almost missed the ferry home!!

07/12/2017

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2018!
Tickets are on sale now for our huge local event... Windsor Wednesday tickets available free for residents with an Advantage card just wanted to let all our local customers know before they sell out! This is a bit different to last year where all the tickets were free on Wednesday.

https://www.rwhs.co.uk/tickets-windsor-horseshow/ -tickets

Handmade Shoes Ltd Autumn Clinic Another interesting day with clinician farrier Rob Renirie from Belgium.Rob did a prese...
26/11/2017

Handmade Shoes Ltd Autumn Clinic

Another interesting day with clinician farrier Rob Renirie from Belgium.

Rob did a presentation on his thoughts and styles of remedial shoeing on the Continent. Billy went through the basics of concave shoe making and alterations to ‘everyday’ machine made shoes. In the afternoon Rob did a live horse shoeing demo.

Plus great to catch up with other farriers, learn some different ideas and gain essential CPD points!

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Fortrose
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07788 971942

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Thank you Chris J Carrel for putting a shoe on my horse mason at such short notice / an hour / so appreciative and the best workmanship always ........thank you x