3 Ways to Protect Yourself at the Start of Your Farriery Career

When beginning your farrier career, it’s important to avoid surprises that could negatively affect you both in the short- and long-term

A trio of Wisconsin farriers who combined have more than 100 years of shoeing experience  — Eddy Strommen of Evansville, Dean Johanningmeier of Cross Plains and Martin Roche of Blanchardville — identified three ways that you can protect yourself from the inherent risks of the profession.

Tool Selection

Working under horses and at the anvil every day takes its toll on a farrier’s body. Many young farriers can quickly bounce back physically, but the work will eventually catch up to you. Buying high-quality tools and equipment can help reduce the toll.

Farrier Takeaways

  • Good quality tools might cost more, but they generally last longer, provide better results and improve your efficiency.
  • Hiring an accountant will help you make sound financial decisions, as well as avoid costly mistakes.
  • Workman’s compensation insurance pays for your medical expenses, plus your salary should you get hurt on the job.

“Keep in mind that the government is buying your truck and equipment,” says Johanningmeier, referring to writing off the expense of tools and equipment with the Internal Revenue Service. “As soon as you can afford it, buy good, quality tools. Don’t sacrifice your body by saving money.”

While the highest quality tools cost more, they work better and last longer.

“There’s a reason they cost more,” Strommen says. “When you handle tools during the trade show at the International Hoof-Care Summit, you can tell…

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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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