How Did Your Farrier Business Income Change from 2017 to 2018?

Some 65% of farriers indicated their yearly gross farrier income increased from 2017 to 2018. Another 29% indicated their income remained the same while only 6% saw a decrease in income.

— Survey of attendees at 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit


Glue-On Shoes are Much More Expensive

Full-time farriers charge an average of $326.19 for trimming and gluing on four shoes. This compares with an average charge of $153.44 for trimming and applying four steel keg shoes and $192.53 for trimming and applying four aluminum keg shoes.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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