What Do You Do If A Prospective Customer Owes Money To Other Farriers?

Options % of Farriers
Work for her until she fails to pay 28%
Demand cash when the footcare work is done 38%
Refuse to work for her until she pays the other farriers 31%
Tell her to find another farrier 3%

— 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit survey

Are There More Small Or Large Equine Operations?

Based on 2015 data from operations with a minimum of five animals:

67% housed 5 to 9 animals.

22% had 10 to 19 horses.

11% kept 20 or more horses.

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

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