What Are The Biggest Challenges Facing Owners When It Comes To Feeding Their Horses?

Some 36% of farriers believe overfeeding or underfeeding is the major challenge, while 21% feel it’s a lack of understanding about equine nutrition. Some 18% of farriers believe having a lack of nutritional knowledge or dealing with misinformation is a problem.

Another 4% of farriers feel owners lack a good feeding plan, 6% maintain there are too many supplement choices to choose from and 9% say the cost of feed is a major challenge for horse owners.

— 2018 survey of International Hoof-Care Summit attendees

What Are The Favorite Dog Breeds Of Farriers?

Breed % of Responding Farriers
Australian Cattle Dog 37%
Border Collie 14%
Labrador Retriever                  11%
Dachshund   7%
Jack Russell          7%
Australian Shepherd 4%
Beagle 3%
German Shepherd  3%
German Shorthair 3%
Golden Retriever   3%
Alaskan Malamute 2%
Belgian Shepherd 2%
Welsh Corgi         2%
English Staffordshire Terrier 2%

— 2012 American Farriers Journal electronic survey of farriers

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