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To get ahead in the farrier business, nothing is more critical than continuing to expand your shoeing knowledge. Whether you attend local clinics, take in a national conference, ride with an experienced shoer or learn from the pages of American Farriers Journal, you need to do everything that you can to get ahead.
This means finding new ways to improve your shoeing work, make work easier and get more efficient without sacrificing your shoeing quality.
One problem says Jim Poor, a veteran farrier and clinician from Midland, Texas, is that too many farriers think they can teach themselves new shoeing skills. Unfortunately, this keeps them from attending clinics to learn new skills.
On the other hand, Brent Brown is always eager to learn even more skills that can help him shoe better.
“From September to March, my shoeing business slows down a little,” the Gorham, Maine, farrier said during the December American Association of Equine Practitioners meeting. “During this period, I’ll take in every shoeing and lameness event that I can to further my education. It’s the best dollars I spend.”
Featuring the best farrier clinicians in the country or top-notch local shoeing talents, these clinics and conferences are a valuable educational experience for shoers at every level.
Results from the latest American Farriers Journal “Farrier Business Practices Survey” indicate that it is definitely worth your while to attend clinics.
Full-time farriers who attended one or more clinics last year averaged $7,913.83 in additional gross…