Each Friday morning, we will be sharing several facts and figures that will be helpful in seeing how you measure up business-wise with other farriers. This edition of Friday's Farrier Facts & Figures is sponsored by Markel Insurance Co. To read more from this series, click here.

Where Do Farriers Purchase Footcare Products?

Some 93% of fulltime farriers buy hoof-care supplies from farrier shops and 43% purchase some products from websites operated by farrier retailers or manufacturers.

About one-fifth of farriers purchase some footcare products directly from wholesales or manufacturers. Some 13% of farriers buy some of their footcare products from hardware stores or tack shops while 15% buy some footcare products from feed stores. Only 9% of farriers purchase any hoof-care products from big box stores.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

What Is The Particular Role Horses Tend To Have With The Families Of Their Owners?

Here’s how 10,662 surveyed owners view the family’s relationship with their horses:

67% treat them as members of their family.

63% treat them as companion animals.

58% treat them as performance partners.

56% treat them as best friends.

22% treat them as an investment.

21% treat them as livestock.

8% treat them as an employee.

— American Horse Publications survey