What Type Of Shoes Do You Carry In Your Rig?

Some 96% of farriers carry steel keg shoes in their trucks or trailers, while 65% have aluminum shoes on hand. Plastic/synthetic shoes are carried in 24% of farrier rigs, rubber shoes in 2% and titanium shoes in 4%.

When it comes to specialized shoes carried in their rigs, 43% of farriers keep heart bars, 39% egg bars, 53% frog support shoes, 24% Natural Balance shoes and 37% carry wedged heel shoes.

 — 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit attendee survey

How Modern Technology Impacts Farrier Work

Among the 39% of farriers who use tablets in their footcare business, 23% use them for accounting, 46% for scheduling 22% for invoicing, 69% for email, 74% for photography, 54% for video, 28% for keeping other records and 41% use them for managing social media.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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