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7 Benefits of a Career in Farriery


Pictured Above: There is something liberating about working with your hands and the satisfaction from using your skills to solve problems that make the horses’ lives more pleasant. Photo: Butler Professional Farrier School

Farrier Takeaways

  • A career in farriery is an opportunity for self-disciplined people who don’t mind hard work to be self-employed.
  • An experienced full-time farrier can make more than $100,000, making it a good return on your educational investment.
  • Making a difference in the lives of horses and their owners while working outdoors with your hands is more appealing for farriers than a desk job./li>

As you begin your farriery career, you will find it to be a soul-satisfying and lucrative trade. However, not everyone has what it takes to be a successful farrier.

Farriery is an ancient craft that has changed little over the centuries. The work is both an art and a science, requiring intellectual and physical skills. It is a professional service that keeps majestic horses sound. Although experience with horses before farrier training is most desirable, it’s not essential. What is essential, though, is common sense, a healthy body and a strong work ethic.

Excellent candidates are people with an entrepreneurial spirit that have the coordination to work accurately with hand tools. They enjoy physical work and continual learning. Patience is necessary since it takes several years of practice to excel at this difficult-to-master craft. Here are seven advantages of being a farrier.


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Jacob Butler CJF, AWCF

Jacob Butler is a certified journeyman farrier and an associate of the Worshipful Company of Farriers. He is the Director and an instructor at Butler Professional Farrier School LLC, located near Chadron, Neb. For more information, visit his website www.butlerprofessionalfarrierschool.com, call (308) 665-1510 or email at jacob@dougbutler.com.
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Doug Butler

Doug Butler and his sons Jake and Pete run Butler Professional Farrier School, LLC near Chadron, Neb. They have trained successful farriers from all over the world. Their weekly “Farrier Focus Podcast” features interviews with successful horsemen and farriers. They have authored many of the standard texts used for modern farrier training. Doug was one of 51 teachers interviewed by Bill Smoot for his 2010 book “Conversations with Great Teachers” published by Indiana University Press.
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Pete Butler

Pete Butler teaches at the Butler Professional Farrier School near Chadron, Neb.

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