‘Trims Only’ Make Up 43% of Farrier Work

Full-time farriers average 724 trims only during the year, which makes up 43% of their overall yearly trimming and shoeing work with visits to 1,702 horses.

Part-time farriers average 305 trims only per year, making up 47% of their annual footcare business.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study


What’s the Average Shoeing Cycle for Horses in Your Client Book?


Options % of Farriers
4 to 5 weeks 14%
5 to 6 weeks 36%
6 to 7 weeks 29%
7 to 8 weeks 19%
8 to 9 weeks 0%
10 weeks or more 2%

— 2019 American Farriers Journal reader poll

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