Most Full-Time Farriers Attended Horseshoeing School

Some 70% of full-time farriers attended horseshoeing school for an average of 3 months. Some 55% served an apprenticeship with an experienced farrier that lasted 27 months.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

How Farriers Handle Emails

When it comes to reading and answering emails, 47% of farriers use a smartphone, 11% use a tablet, 19% a desktop computer and 23% use a laptop computer either in their rig or at home.

— 2016 American Farriers Journal Farrier Benchmark Study

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