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.

How Many Clients Do Farriers Work With?

The typical full-time farrier works with 77 horse owners during the year while the typical part-time farrier works with 36 clients.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

What’s The Primary Function Of U.S. Horse Operations?

The U.S. Department of Agriculture considers five distinct primary classifications for horse operations. For 2015, the data indicates:

  • 39.5% are farm and ranch locations.
  • 38.8% are residences keeping horses for personal use such as pleasure, show, etc.
  • 9.3% are equine boarding, stable and training facilities.
  • 7.6% are equine breeding farms.
  • 4.8% are other types of equine operations such as riding stables, rescue/rehabilitation facilities, guest ranches, etc.

— Changes in the U.S. Equine Industry Report, 1998-2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture