Backyard Horses Lead The Way

Some 91% of full-time farriers work with backyard horses while 94% of part-time farriers handle backyard horses.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

Investing In Continuing Farrier Education

In a normal year, the typical farrier attends an average of 2.5 local clinics, one national conference and competes in one horseshoeing contest. Full-time farriers send an average of $1,502 per year on continuing footcare education.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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