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Backyard horses comprise a significant portion of some farriers’ businesses and can be a very successful and profitable part if handled correctly.
Prince Frederick, Md., farrier Patrick Quinn didn’t aspire to provide hoof care for backyard horses, but this is often the bread and butter of a farrier’s operation.
“These are your best clients; they are the people whose places you enjoy being at with their horses,” he says. “You are not in a big barn with all kinds of owners — some of whom don’t know you, where it’s more impersonal. It’s often a more relaxed atmosphere and informal relationship with the backyard horse owner. These folks become your friends and they trust you to be their expert in caring for their horses’ feet and hoof health.”