Why Horse Owners Decide to Change Farriers
Data compared from two horse owner surveys conducted in 1993 and 2020 indicate several differences as reasons for switching horseshoers.
|Reasons||% Owners*||% Owners**|
|Routinely showed up 2 or more hours late||92%||12%|
|Failure to keep footcare appointments||100%||32%|
|Did not return messages||91%||24%|
|Farrier was often rude, confrontational with veterinarian or abusive with horses||60%||10%|
|Horses often lame after hoof-care work||49%||17%|
|Farrier showed up smelling of alcohol||19%||1%|
|Farrier lacked certification or credentials||0%||6%|
|Veterinarian recommended another farrier||12%||7%|
|Farrier moved out of area, or quit trimming, shoeing||18%||15%|
|Owner didn’t like the farrier||9%||7%|
* 1993 survey of 318 backyard horse owners who had changed farriers.
** 2020 survey of 1,475 horse owners who had changed farriers in past 3 years.
— Data from 1993 Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School and 2020 American Farriers Journal surveys on why horse owners change farrier
How Many Hours Per Week do Farriers do Hoof-Care Work?
The typical full-time farrier averages 40 hours of footcare work per week while dealing with 38 horses.
— 2020 American Farriers Journal Business Practices survey
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