What Type Of Shoes Do You Use Most Frequently In Your Footcare Work?

Some 100% of surveyed farriers apply steel shoes while 80% use aluminum shoes. 

Plastic/synthetic shoes are used by 35% of farriers, rubber shoes by 5% and titanium shoes by 4%.

— 2017 International Hoof-Care Summit attendee survey

How Do Owners Utilize Their Horses?

Here is how 10,662 surveyed owners use their horses:

  1. for pleasure riding and/or trail riding.
  2. have horses that are idle, retired or otherwise not being worked.
  3. use their horses for dressage.
  4. use their horses for lessons or training.
  5. use their horses for natural horsemanship.

— American Horse Publications survey

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