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More farriers across the country are increasing their production, enduring less physical stress and in turn boosting the industry, all after making one decision — hiring an apprentice. As a result, some show their appreciation with generous compensation.
In a first of its kind survey conducted by American Farriers Journal editors, farriers shared valuable insight into duties, payment strategies, the benefits and detriments of taking on an apprentice.
The exclusive survey is compiled from a favorable response of American Farriers Journal readers from across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Farriers who answered the survey employed an apprentice at some point during the past 2 years. While 54% pay apprentices a daily wage, 21% pay a percentage of the day’s total gross income, which was an average of 14%. The lowest percentage of the total gross was 10%, while the highest was 20%. Responding farriers paid an average daily wage of $112.
Of the farriers who responded to the survey, 10% pay an average of $31.25 for each horse that the apprentice worked on, while another 10% expect their pupil to work without pay. Some 8% pay an average flat price of $45 a day for all horses trimmed and shod. While 5% pay an average flat price of $20 for each trim, another 5% dole out a bonus when gross income reaches specified daily goals.
Vandergrift, Pa., farrier Todd Allen guarantees his apprentice $100 a day, regardless of how productive it is.
“Whether it’s a…