Getting Started in Hoof Care Cover

Welcome to Your New Career; Now Let’s Get to Work

ON THE COVER: In this image captured by American Farriers Journal Executive Editor Jeremy McGovern, Justin Galli, right, instructs his associate Joseph Mustello. Galli’s farrier practice is primarily in New York and Connecticut, and Wellington, Fla., during show season.

Farrier’s life is the ultimate blank canvas. You can make of it what you wish. It offers you freedom and unlimited opportunities — as long as you’re willing to work for it.

A farrier’s life is the life of a small business owner. You’re the boss, an entrepreneur. You call the shots. Rest assured, it’s not all chocolates and roses. It comes with great responsibility and there’s no safety net. When you call in sick, you don’t get paid.

You’re Not Alone

Although the buck stops with you in your small business, there is a wealth of resources at your disposal. The farrier in-dustry is filled with incredibly generous people who are armed with valuable experience. There’s no greater example than the knowledge and advice that you will find within the pages of this 13th edition of the American Farriers Journal’s “Getting Started in Hoof Care.”

The valuable information you will read comes from knowledgeable hoof-care professionals who have invested their lives in this industry. They don’t sugarcoat the tasks ahead as you embark on your career in farriery.

There is a wealth of resources at your disposal ...

You will find advice on the hurdles you face, the mindset necessary to succeed and strategies for a profitable apprenticeship.

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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