How Did Your 2017 Footcare Business Compare With Your Annual Income In 2016?

Some 59% of farriers increased their footcare business income in 2017 over the previous year. Some 32% indicated their income stayed pretty much the same for both years while 9% reported a reduction in income.

— Survey of 2018 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees

Using Toe Vs. Side Clips

When clips are required on shoes, 37% of full-time farriers use side clips while 15% rely on toe clips.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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