How Many of the Horses You Work With Need Pads?

Options % of Farriers in 2015 % of Farriers in 2020
Yes 46% 39%
No 33% 25%
Unsure 13% 36%






— 2015 and 2020 American Farriers Journal surveys

How Lame Horses are Used by Owners

Usage % of Farriers
Backyard* 77%
Trail, recreational 70%
Hunters, jumpers 56%
Dressage 52%
Western performance 44%
Eventing 42%
Barrel racing 37%
Miniatures 26%
Endurance 22%
Reiners 18%
Thoroughbreds (breeding) 15%
Draft 15%
Ranch, feedlot 14%
Cutting 14%
Thoroughbreds (racing) 13%
Halter 12%
Harness racing (Standardbreds) 6%

* Retired, not ridden, etc.

— 2019 American Farriers Journal lameness survey

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