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.

Farriers Working Together

Some 17% of full-time farriers work in a multi-farrier business while 4% of part-time farriers are employed by a business with several other horseshoers in the operation.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

Horse Owners Often Miss Early Signs Of Laminitis

A recent British study indicates horse owners can easily confuse early signs of laminitis with several other common conditions. Signs of laminitis that are often overlooked by owners include a short and stilted gait, a bounding digital pulse, difficulty in making a tight turn and a reluctance to move forward.

In a study of 93 horses where owners suspected laminitis, 55% were actually diagnosed by vets with the disease. The remaining 45% of the horses suspected of having laminitis issues were diagnosed with undefined lameness, foot abscesses, colic or joint stiffness. 

— “Assessment of horse owners’ ability to recognize equine laminitis” by
researchers at Great Britain’s Royal Veterinary College, the Animal Health Trust
and Rossdales Equine Hospital