35 Top Tips for New Shoers

Advice on succeeding as a horseshoer from the archives of American Farriers Journal

Throughout 2010, we’ve celebrated our 35th anniversary by recalling some of the best farrier insights that have appeared in the magazine’s pages. So far, we’ve looked at topics such as forging, customer service and shoeing efficiency. This issue will showcase solid advice for novice farriers.


1. “Many farriers want to shoe horses more efficiently, yet pinch pennies when it comes to purchasing tools. This is a big mistake — buy good tools.”

— Shayne Carter, Draper, Utah, 1993


2. “You don’t want a client because of your price, you want a client because they want you. There is always someone who will charge less.”

— John Blombach, Jr., Westminster, Mass., 2010


3. “I won’t criticize another farrier because we have all made or make mistakes. As long as we learn from your mistakes, we can improve.”

— Scott Anweiler, Minerva, Ohio, 2001


4. “Since it is possible to still make a good living in isolation, some folks resist letting their work be judged by others. This is a big mistake in my opinion, because most of the better farriers I know will do their best to avoid embarrassing someone that is trying to improve.”

— Chris Gregory, Heartland Horseshoeing School, Lamar, Mo., 2009


5. “Most importantly, farriers are independent contractors. Set your business schedule and don’t let the clients make unreasonable demands on your time.”

— The late Bob Skradzio, Ambler, Pa., 1994


6. “There are a whole lot of things you need that you just can’t buy. You have…

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