How Farrier Views on Licensing Have Changed

Options % of of Farriers 
  2005  2015 2020 
I’m strongly opposed to any form of licensing and believe it will never become a requirement
20% 17% 19%
I’m strongly opposed to any form of licensing, but believe it will be forced upon the industry
21% 24% 23%
I believe licensing could potentially have benefits,  but am concerned about how it’s implemented 52% 44% 43%
I’m in favor of licensing 7% 15% 15%

— 2005, 2015 and 2020 American Farriers Journal surveys

The 6 Most Common Questions Asked by Novice Horse Owners (Listed in order of frequency)

Does it hurt when you nail on a shoe?
I read an article on the Internet, what do you think about…
Do you think this horse has ever been handled?
Wild horses aren’t trimmed, so why should we trim my horses?
Why is my horse limping?
How soon can you get here?

— 2012 American Farriers Journal reader survey




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