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…

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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.

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