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.

Therapeutic Shoeing

Some 97% of full-time farriers indicate they do therapeutic shoeing while 82% of part-time farriers handle this kind of work.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

What Is The Typical Age Of Horses In The United States?

Data collected from horse owners indicates that:

  • 1.4% of animals are less than 30 days old.
  • 2.9% are 31 days to less than 6 months old.
  • 18.6% are 6 months to less than 5 years old.
  • 65.6% are 5 years to less than 20 years old.
  • 1.5% are 30 years of age or older.

From 1998 to 2015, the number of animals over 20 years old increased from 5.6% to11.4%, indicating that senior horses are being managed much better today to an older age.

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