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Marketing Yourself Pays Off

When Rosevine, Texas, farrier Ralph Hampton meets someone for the first time, you can bet the topic will eventually turn to horses. Hampton admits that some of his colleagues don’t like, nor understand why he’s adamant about marketing his hoof-care practice.
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Overcome Biases About You Through Your Business Plan

There is no argument that farriery is a male dominated industry. Being female is part of my experience as a farrier. To give you a bit of context, in Australia we have trimming schools filled with female recruits. In our farrier schools, of which there are only six, we have a total of four female apprentices over the entire 4 years of study for the country. So in Australia, as a female farrier, I’m rare.
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Tips To Keep In Mind Before Buying A Rig

Pulling into a farrier clinic is an impressive sight.

A variety of bright, shiny aluminum farrier rigs line the parking lot — truck bodies, drop-ins, caps and trailers — and they don’t come cheap. Aside from your vehicle, your rig will be the most expensive tool that you’ll buy.


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Does A Client Owe You Money? Here’s How To Collect

Clients who fail to pay for hoof-care services are a problem that every farrier experiences at some point in his or her career.

There are a variety of cases and reasons as to why clients don’t pay their farriers. By understanding the United States government’s definitions of non-payments and reviewing the basics for collecting, you can be better prepared for making sure more of the money you earn gets to your pocket.


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Tool Shopping Advice From Veteran Farriers

What’s a better way to celebrate the dawn of your farrier career than tool shopping?

There’s no doubt that the temptation runs high to grab the top-of-the-line pair of nippers that are polished so brightly that a pair of sunglasses should come standard with them. While the feel and performance of a high-quality tool often are worth the price, many young farriers have a steep financial mountain to climb when starting out.


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Using Technology To Help Manage Your Practice

A farrier practice is a business — that is no surprise. As professionals, practitioners have a responsibility to maintain accurate records, schedule properly, bill and receive payment promptly and track performance. At the same time, farriers also should keep records on clients and the type of work conducted on their horses, including photographs of the feet or radiographs shared by veterinarians.
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