4 Ways to Protect Your Hoof-Care Business

Trio of farriers offer suggestions to reduce professional and personal risks

Whether you’re at the dawn or the twilight of your farrier career, it’s important to avoid surprises that could negatively affect you both in the short- and long-term

During a mid-June Wisconsin Farrier’s Association clinic, a trio of farriers who combined have more than 100 years of shoeing experience — Eddy Strommen (above) of Evansville, Dean Johanningmeier of Cross Plains and Martin Roche of Blanchardville — identified four 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.

“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.”

Farrier Takeaways

  • Don’t sacrifice your body by saving a few bucks on cheap tools. Good quality tools might cost more, but they last longer and perform better.
  • 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.

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


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Jeff cota 2023

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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