Do You Talk with Clients About How Proper Nutrition is Essential to Avoiding Hoof Quality Concerns?

Some 85% of farriers discuss the importance of nutrition as it relates to hoof quality with clients.

— Survey of attendees at 2019 International Hoof-Care Summit

Among All the Shoes You Use, What Percentage Do You Handmake?

Options % of Farriers

0% to 19%


20% to 49%


50% to 79%


80% to 100%       


—  2018 American Farriers Journal reader poll

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