For Specific Concerns, Whom Would Horse Owners Call First — The Farrier Or The Vet?

Specific Problem



Laminitis 30% 70%
Navicular issues    29% 71%
Hoof wounds 38% 62%
Sand cracks 91% 9%
Thrush 80% 20%
Hoof cracks 93% 7%
Hoof bruises         77% 23%
Hoof abscesses 58% 42%


— 2011 American Farriers Journal horse owner survey

If You Take Your Dog To Work, Do They Get Out Of The Truck?

Option       % Of Responding Farriers
Let dog go into the barn 22%
Depends on client and horses 54%
Leave dog in the truck 24%

— 2012 American Farriers Journal electronic survey among farriers having dogs

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