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There are a lot of things to consider when starting your own hoof-care business. Insurance protection should be at the top of your list.
According to the 2018 Farrier Business Practices Report, conducted by American Farriers Journal, the vast majority of full-time farriers (95%) have some type of medical insurance. Yet, farriers are woefully underinsured in areas such as life (61%), disability (26%) and liability (46%).
When the farrier’s body is ready to retire, it’s likely without the means to do so unless they can become dependent on either their children or their spouse. It’s not so much a strategy than it is a stumble-to-the-finish-line exercise.
Like them or not, these are the four basic imperative skills that a hoof-care business owner should possess:
It is common for the farrier to focus almost exclusively on the first three, sometimes to varying degrees, and assume that they will culminate in deft execution of the fourth.
It’s a little like trimming a hoof, shaping the shoe, then laying the nails and hammer together with the shoe next to…