Beckie – A farrier who loves sport
“I wanted to be a farrier since I was about 8 years old… . I just knew somehow I wanted to work with horses”
“I spent my early teenage years going to the gym and getting stronger, as all the farriers said “I was far to weak and skinny, and it’s no job for a girl”. Every comment like that I received just made me more and more determined and my stubborn personality has paid off, I am now a partner in a seven man farriery practice but I still largely work on my own. My working day is usually 8-5.30pm but I am often fitting ‘emergencies’ in before and after this time”.
“Most of my meals are eaten on the go, I tend to graze all day and this suits me. I usually eat a big breakfast of porridge with fruit before I leave home. I then generally eat chicken and salad wraps or fruit during the day. I have a nut allergy, so I do have to be careful what I accept but I am often offered food and drinks in the yards I visit. – still I am generally pretty good”.
“I love sport and play a lot in my free time. I have played stoolball for the last 10yrs and during the summer train once a week and play matches in the evenings. I also play squash once a week and in 2009 I took up golf. I now play golf around three times a week, have recently cut my handicap to 10 and have been asked to play for the county squad.”
“As my job is quite physical and I do a lot of sport, I am interested in what I eat and have consulted a nutritionalist. I have been on a gluten free diet, which had a number of health benefits but did not provide the energy I need, I still limit the amount of wheat I eat and tend to choose wholemeal”.
If you are interested in becoming a farrier www.farrier-reg.gov.uk/registration/becoming-a-farrier
If you are interested in trying stoolball www.stoolball.org.uk