What Would You Charge?

Here’s how 144 hoof-care pros priced the trimming and shoeing for 20 types of horses

Ever wonder how you compare price-wise with other farriers when it comes to work that ranges all the way from a simple trim to complicated shoeing jobs?

This is your chance to see how your prices compare with the low, high and average charges for 20 horses with each having different shoeing needs.

To gather this pricing information, an electronic survey was sent to a group of full-time farriers across the country selected from the American Farriers Journal mailing list. Each farrier was asked to tell us what he or she would charge for these 20 trimming and shoeing cases.

When it came to describing the 20 horses in the survey, we used the same descriptions that were part of a 1998

survey of AFJ readers.

Among all 20 horses, the average trimming and and four shoes charge was $56.71 in 1998, compared with $121.65 this year. Allowing for inflation, and based on the federal government’s cost of living calculations, the price would have increased to $113.42 at the end of the 17-year period.

In addition, note the range in prices charged in 2015 for each of the horses. Averaging the footwork figures for all 20 horses, the low range of charges averaged $46.25 while the high range averaged $293.25 per horse.

Here Is The Shoeing Scenario…

The 144 full-time farriers who responded to this exclusive American Farriers Journal survey were told that these 20 horses were handled under the following conditions, except for differences noted in each individual description.

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Frank lessiter

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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