What are the greatest challenges you face as a footcare professional?

The half dozen major challenges farriers indicate they face in their hoof-care work include:

  • Educating clients on proper footcare needs
  • Owner compliance with daily footcare needs
  • Clients understanding what quality hoof care is all about
  • Keeping horses sound
  • Getting paid on time for footcare work
  • Time management for both work and family

— 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit attendee survey

Footcare Professionals Don’t Like To Work Alone

Some 53% of full-time farriers rarely or never trim and/or shoe without another person being present at the barn.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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