How Prevalent Are Footcare Issues?

Data from 2015 indicates 3% of foals under 6 months of age have hoof, leg or lameness concerns.

For horses over 6 months old, there were lameness, leg or hoof issues with 6.5% of the animals.

— Changes in the U.S. Equine Industry Report, 1998-2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hiring Farrier Helpers

Some 27% of full-time farriers use an apprentice who works either full- or part-time with them for an average of 6 ½ years.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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