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Help Your Backyard Horse Practice Thrive With These Business Tips

Farriers share their insights on establishing a successful clientele


Pictured Above: Backyard horses deserve the same quality care as equine athletes. Dean Moshier worked on a horse with a lateral collateral ligament tear in which he narrowed the medial branch, added a rim pad, then added a second pad to bring it to the height of the shoe. He applied Vettec Soft to seal out debris. Photo: Dean Moshier

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.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • Devising a system of units for trimming and shoeing that defines the amount of work you schedule in a day can help govern physical targets that you do not wish to exceed.
  • Backyard horse farriers need as much hoof-care education as those who service Olympic champions.
  • Communicating your needs at the outset will help the client understand what it takes…
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Heather Smith Thomas is a freelance writer based in Salmon, Idaho. She has been writing books and articles for nearly 50 years.

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