What’s The Biggest Challenge You Face In Your Hoof-Care Practice?

Options % of Farriers
Not enough clients 35%
Slow/non-paying clients     18%
Scheduling  12%
Rank horses 11%
Difficult clients 9%
Difficulty knowing what to charge 9%
Poor work-family balance 6%


— 2018 American Farriers Journal email survey


How Many Horses Do You Trim And/Or Shoe At Your Largest Non-Ranch Account?

Options % of Farriers
Less than 10 horses 27%
11-20 horses 16%
21-30 horses  32%
More than 30 horses 25%

— 2015 American Farriers Journal email survey

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