Typical Farrier Day Includes Working with 7 Horses

During a typical week, full-time farriers handle the footcare work of 36 horses compared to only 13 horses for part-time farriers.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


What’s the Biggest Challenge You Face in Your Hoof-Care Practice?

Options % of Farriers
Dealing with rank horses 10%
Dealing with difficult clients 8%
Not having enough clients 32%
Slow or non-paying clients 19%
Scheduling concerns 11%
Difficulty knowing what to charge 8%
Poor work-family balance 6%
Other 6%

— 2018 American Farriers Journal reader poll

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