Over the past 25 years, farriers have increased average trimming prices from $22.07 to $60.31. Based on U.S. Consumer Price Index data, the increase in trimming charges from 1998 due to inflation would have only reached $41.39 in 2023. This represents a 46% increase over the average yearly 25-year inflation rate of 2.55%. Source: American Farriers Journal Survey

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What Would You Charge?

Here’s how 144 full-time farriers priced their work for 20 hoof-care scenarios

Some farriers are still charging the same prices as a few years ago, ignoring continuing increases in fuel, materials, inflation and other costs. While increasing prices is a difficult aspect of running a farrier business, it’s a concern that many hoof-care professionals lose sleep over

If you’ve wondered how you compare price-wise with other farriers with work ranging from a simple trim to more complicated shoeing jobs, here’s your chance to see how your prices compare with the low, high and average charges for 20 horses with different footcare needs. Plus, we’ll look at what a difference 25 years has made in the pricing of two basic hoof-care scenarios, along with estimates on what you should be charging 5 years from now.

Here’s Our Shoeing Scenario

The 144 full-time farriers who responded to this exclusive American Farriers Journal survey were told these 20 horses were handled under the following conditions, except for the differences noted in each description.

  • The shoeing was done in a public boarding barn 15 miles from home.
  • The farrier was already at this barn for a day’s work, so an extra trip wasn’t made to handle one horse.
  • The barn was a middle-income operation.
  • Horse values were in the $1,000 to $6,000 range.
  • This was not a fancy barn, but one having a work area with a good floor and bright lights.
  • Horses stand quietly in cross-ties except where noted.
  • Horses were owned by individual clients except where noted.
  • Owners were long-standing regularly scheduled clients, which…
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Frank lessiter

Frank Lessiter

Frank Lessiter has spent more than 50 years in the agricultural and equine publishing business. The sixth generation member to live on the family’s Centennial farm in Michigan, he is the Editor/Publisher of American Farriers Journal.

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