DSCN0907.jpg

Therapeutic Horseshoeing Strategies To Improve Your Profits

Rehabilitating horses doesn’t have to be financial disaster


Pictured Above: Kirk Adkins applies corrective shoes to the hooves of a windswept foal. Therapeutic supplies don’t need to be too different from the regular equipment farriers use, he says. Photo: Kirk Adkins

It seems almost counterintuitive to think that building and applying the complicated appliance often needed in therapeutic shoeing could be a losing proposition for a farrier. But that can easily become the case unless some thought and reasoning are given to properly charging for the work.

Many novice hoof-care providers start out by charging a set amount per horse, with some variations based on differences between jobs (one price for a trim, a higher price for two shoes, a still higher price for four shoes, etc.). They might charge extra for materials beyond shoes and nails (pads for instance), but if one horse takes a little longer than another, many won’t charge extra, figuring the time will even out over the course of a day.

But an approach like that can be a financial disaster with therapeutic shoeing, where one job can eat up a big part of a shoer’s day.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Therapeutic shoeing usually requires more time, equipment and expertise. It’s important to make sure you are being adequately compensated.
  • Charge by the hour and not the shoeing job. Don’t forget to charge for travel and time spent waiting for radiographs, evaluations and callbacks.
  • Learning therapeutic shoeing takes time and effort. You’ll need to put in time with more

For advice on making therapeutic shoeing…

To view the content, please subscribe or login.
 Premium content is for our Digital-only and Premium subscribers. A Print-only subscription doesn't qualify. Please purchase/upgrade a subscription with the Digital product to get access to all American Farriers Journal content and archives online.

Pat_tearney

Pat Tearney

Pat Tearney is a long-term newspaper and magazine veteran writer and editor. Before retiring, he served for a number of years on the American Farriers Journal staff and continues to share his writing talents with our readers.

Top Articles

Current Issue

Cover_AFJ_1219_pub.jpg

American Farriers Journal

American Farriers Journal is the “hands-on” magazine for professional farriers, equine veterinarians and horse care product and service buyers.
View More

Must Read Free Eguides

Download these helpful knowledge building tools

View More
Top Directory Listings