Where do farriers purchase footcare products?

Some 96% of full-time farriers buy supplies from farrier shops and 74% purchase some products through websites operated by farrier retailers or manufacturers. Some 26% purchase some footcare products directly from manufacturers while 21% buy some supplies from wholesalers.

Some 12% of farriers buy some footcare products from hardware stores, 4% from box stores, 11% from tack shops and 19% buy at least a few footcare products from feed stores. 

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


How often do you use glue-on shoes?

Options % of Farriers
0% to 10% of the time 82%
20% to 40% of the time 7%
50% to 70% of the time 4%
80% to 100% of the time 7%

— 2016 American Farriers Journal reader poll

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