Individuals and organisations representing equine welfare, theveterinary profession, farriery and equine barefoot care are beinginvited to comment on the draft National Occupational Standards (NOS)to ensure they accurately reflect today’s working practices.

Following agreement reached at an open forum earlier this year, Lantra, the sector-skills council for environmental and land-based industries, has been working with partners to develop recognised standards for equine barefoot care. As part of the process, Lantra is now opening an online consultation for those who want to take part.

Lisa Jarvis, Lantra’s partnership manager, said: “We were really pleased that industry reached an agreement to develop NOS, which identify the detailed knowledge, understanding, ability and experiences someone needs to carry out their job effectively. In this next positive step to move their development forward, we are calling for all interested parties to take part in our consultation and ensure they are driven by the welfare of horses.”

The cross-sector working group leading on the development of the standards has also agreed that the title of the NOS should be “equine barefoot care”, rather than the previous term “equine barefoot trimming”.

Lisa Jarvis continued: “The group felt it was important to change the title to reflect a wider role than just trimming. We want as many people to get involved as possible and it is really easy to do – you simply need to visit Lantra’s website by Monday, November 16 or give us a call for more information.”

Lantra represents 17 environmental and land-based industries, which will benefit by ensuring that their own NOS are fit for purpose. The standards help businesses improve performance and productivity as they can be used to identify the skills needed for their workforce, highlight best practice, develop training and recruitment plans and develop job descriptions.

If you would like to take part in the consultation to help industry get the most out of the skills system, visit or telephone Lantra on 0845 707 8007. The consultation runs to Monday, November 16.

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