Major Pet Peeves that Farriers Have with Footcare Clients

Concerns % of Farriers

Inappropriate work area (unsafe, poor environment, poor lighting, unlevel ground)


Horses that compromise farrier work and safety (spoiled, misbehaving, poorly trained, undisciplined, not trained to trim/shoe)          


Payment (not paying on time, not paying at time of service, chasing money, post-dating checks, asking to wait to deposit checks)                 


Dirty horses or hooves (wet, muddy, unhealthy environment, dirty stalls)                  


Don’t follow farrier’s directions (failure to comply, don’t listen, don’t follow treatment guidelines)      

Horses not ready for farrier (in pasture) 40%
Inappropriate frequency of scheduling trimming and shoeing intervals                                          39%
Misinformed (internet-educated, reads too much, or misunderstands, out-of-date information)          35%

Lack of footcare (don’t pick up feet/hooves, don’t clean hooves, poor foot hygiene, thrush, stone bruises, disregard for horse’s health and feet) 

Telling farrier how to shoe (know-it-all, offer advice) 30%
Lack of hoof-care knowledge (no horse sense, lack of education, limited information) 28%
Forget, miss, don’t show up for appointments 26%

Cost complaints (cost-driven decision-making, price bargaining, not wanting to pay fair price, whining about costs)


— Survey of attendees at 2007 International Hoof-Care Summit


Steel Still Dominates Shoe Choice

Among full-time farriers, steel shoes make up 76% of all of the shoes they use. This is followed by 11% for aluminum shoes.

Hand-forged shoes make up 7% of the total, followed by 4% for glue-on shoes and 2% for plastic, synthetic or other types of non-metal shoes.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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