Get Ready To Earn An Extra $21,975 Of Income Next Year

A look at the education and farrier training trends from the recently completed 2010 Farrier Business Practices Survey demonstrates why today’s footcare professionals place such a high value on continuing learning opportunities.

Among full-time farriers who answered this American Farriers Journal survey, 54% completed high school, 16% graduated from a 2-year college, 17% were graduates of a 4-year college program and 3% held master’s degrees.

Part-timers invested even more time and money in education. Some 1% hold a doctorate degree, 8% have master’s degrees, 19% are 4-year college graduates and 25% earned 2-year college degrees.

Apprenticeships Valuable

Some 54% of all full-time and part-time farriers served an apprenticeship. The average length of time was 24 months for full-timers and 20 months for part-time farriers.

Serving an apprenticeship returned an additional $3,580 in annual income for full-time farriers compared to immediately starting in business without first working with a footcare pro. Over a 30-year career, that will amount to an additional $107,400 in income.

Some 68% of full-timers attended farrier school for an average of 13 weeks and 58% of part-time shoers spent 8 weeks at farrier school. Some 68% of full-timers graduated from farrier school compared to 58% of part-timers.

Among farrier school grads that also served an apprenticeship, the payoff was an additional $35,800 over a 20-year period.

Attending Events Pays Off

We also asked farriers how many footcare educational events they’d attended in the past year. Full-time farriers attended slightly more educational events than part-timers. They attended an…

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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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