STYLE: JAMES WILKINSON
For the love of horses! What better way is there to spend a Sunday than on the farm in Warwickshire with handsome farrier Lloyd Cleverley where we photographed him in his traditional work gear, alongside some of his beautiful equine friends.
Photography // James Wilkinson
With his lovely smile, laid back manner, and extraordinary skills at the anvil, we couldn’t put off any longer a trip to the stunning Warwickshire countryside to meet farrier extraordinaire, Lloyd Cleverley.
However, you’re probably not alone in having to google what a farrier actually does. Well, we’re on hand to enlighten you. A farrier specialises in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of horses’ hooves and the placing of horse shoes. A farrier combines skills of a blacksmith (fabricating, adapting, and adjusting metal shoes) with some veterinarian’s skills (knowledge of the anatomy and physiology of the lower limb) to care for horses' feet. So now you know!
Photographed by our editor-in-chief James Wilkinson, we paired Lloyd with some summery shirts, seasonal country blazers, sexy jodhpurs and even his token leather apron. We even convinced him to take his top off - it was a sunny day after all, and, well, it would be a shame to keep such a delectable specimen covered up!
Lloyd, 28, lives in Bromsgrove in Worcestershire and has been a farrier for ten years, five of which were in training including a year at college and a four-year apprenticeship out on the land.
Speaking to Q&C about what attracted him to the profession, Lloyd said: “I have always had horses. I think the moment I could sit up, my mum got me on a Shetland. Since then I’ve ridden and have competed throughout the years, having been a past member of the West Warwickshire Pony Club, where I now sometimes teach. I was trained by West Midlands-based Ian Tonks who is a great guy.”
Asked what he loves about the job, he doesn’t hesitate. “I love being my own boss and working outdoors” he smiles. “No two days are the same which keeps things interesting and I get on with all my clients, the horses and their owners.”
Despite working with some huge equine beauties, Lloyd, who also does some modelling, isn’t ashamed to admit to us one unusual secret. He has a phobia of frogs! Let’s hope our little amphibious friends stay out of his way while we’re on the farm.
You can follow Lloyd Cleverley on instagram: @lloydc1989