Major Farrier Concerns with Client Footcare Skills
|Concerns||% of Farriers|
|Inappropriate work area (unsafe, poor environment, bad conditions, poor lighting, unlevel work surface)||84%|
|Bad horses (spoiled, misbehaving, poorly trained, undisciplined, not trained to stand for farrier, safety concerns||76%|
|Dirty horses, dirty hooves, dirty stalls||59%|
|Don’t follow footcare directions from farrier||45%|
|Lack of daily footcare (don’t pick up feet, poor foot hygiene, thrush, stone bruises, disregard for overall horse health)||32%|
|Lack of footcare knowledge (no horse sense, lack of hoof-care knowledge)||29%|
|Distractions in footcare work area (dogs, cats, unsupervised kids)||21%|
|Lack of time spent with horses (no commitment, dedication, being lazy)||18%|
|Poor horse handling skills (can’t handle, can’t hold properly, can’t control, inattentive, refuse to hold)||16%|
|Feeding treats to horses while being trimmed and shod||8%|
|Lack of exercise for horses||3%|
|Think of horses as pets and companion animals||3%|
|Over-protective horse owners (pamper their animals)||3%|
|Buy horses on looks rather than soundness||2%|
|Emotional decision making||1%|
|Misconception that shoeing can fix conformation faults||1%|
— Survey of attendees at 2007 International Hoof-Care Summit
What Products Do Clients Ask You to Recommend?
|Products||% of Attendees|
|Fly control, sprays||37%|
— Survey of 2020 International Hoof-Care Summit attendees
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