How Year-Round Footcare Needs Are Met

Nationwide, 34% of horses are trimmed and shod year-round while 27% are trimmed and shod but left barefoot during the winter months. Some 28% of horses are only trimmed while 11% of horses are never trimmed or shod.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

Formal Footcare Training

Some 70% of full-time farriers attended farrier school for an average of 12 weeks.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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