The ABC’s Of Horseshoeing Clients

Developing a mix of clients helps balance a business

Veterans in the farrier industry are very used to being scrutinized, talked about and compared by clients on a regular basis.

We are tagged as competent, reliable, personable (or not) as well as many other labels.

As businessmen, we should also scrutinize and make judgments about our clients. There is a definite scale of horse husbandry in the horse industry, from the luxury box stalls of our equine superstars to the lowly muddy lot of the horribly neglected. As hoof-care providers to this diverse group, we make a business decision as to what segment of this population we will provide our services to.

I categorize shoeing clients from the best to the worst in an A to E fashion. I have found that it works well for my business of shoeing hunters and jumpers to have a mix of A, B and C clients. Each has its own characteristics and its own pros and cons.

E Isn’t For Excellent

It is common in the early portion of young farriers’ careers for them to have to work for anyone willing to hire them. This usually includes what I call the E-list clients. This portion of the horse industry involves the horses and clients that the more established and experienced farriers don’t want.

The E list usually includes bad and dangerous horses, slow-pay and no-pay owners, poor working conditions and single-horse situations. However, if you can survive this test — not of fire, but of manure and blood — you gain valuable…

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Red renchin

Red Renchin

Red Renchin was a long-time farrier who called Mequon, Wis., and Wellington, Fla. home. A native of Minnesota and a member of the International Horseshoeing Hall Of Fame, he served as Technical Editor of American Farriers Journal. Renchin passed away in 2015.

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