Farrier Visits Add Up Over Time

The feet of a 20-year-old horse may be trimmed and shod as many as 150 times during its lifetime, representing a footcare expense of nearly $16,000.

— 2014 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


Two Bar Shoes Add $30 to Shoeing Charges

Full-time farriers charge an average of $184.50 for trimming and forging or setting two bar shoes. The similar charge for part-time farriers averaged $144.55.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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