Aluminum Adds $40 to Normal Shoeing Charges

To trim and set four aluminum keg shoes, full-time farriers charge an average of $192.53. This is $39.09 higher than the typical charge for applying four steel keg shoes.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


Handling Footcare Clients Who Refuse To Pay 

Farriers were asked how they deal with hoof-care clients who refuse to pay after they provide their services.

Options % of Farriers
Pursue all legal avenues to successfully collect the outstanding balance. 26%
Send a collection letter requesting payment and hope they pay.
If they do, great. If they don't, I let it go.
Confront the client and request payment. If the client refuses to pay, I repossess the shoes. 12%
After trying to collect, I let it go because it's not worth my time to chase an outstanding balance, particularly when it's a relatively small amount. 45%

— 2018 American Farriers Journal reader poll

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