Alternative Hoof Repairs, Shoe Selections are Popular

During a normal week, 68% of full-time farriers use pour-in pad products, while 60% use some type of hoof repair material.

Some 26% of full-time farriers use glue-on shoes while 24% use synthetic, plastic, rubber or other type of non-metal shoes during a typical week.

— 2018 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

What’s the Source of the Lame Horses You Work With?

Options % of Farriers

Referrals from owners, trainers, riders, veterinarians or other farriers 

Horses already in my footcare practice 48%





— 2019 American Farriers Journal lameness survey

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