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Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Toolbox

This article was originally published August 4, 2019 and has been updated.
The quality of equipment you have will play an essential role in the quality of work you will deliver as a farrier. Equipment also will be one of your main investments when you are just starting out. With so many options and prices that run the gamut, how do you decide what to purchase? Three successful farriers with offer their insight on making smart tool and equipment purchases.
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Two Methods to Consider When Firing Hoof-Care Clients

This article was originally published August 2, 2019 and has been updated.
As your shoeing career pro-gresses, you are going to have clients who raise your blood pressure as soon as you see their name on your schedule. After working hard to build a solid business, getting rid of clients seems to fly in the face of your desire to increase your client base and income. But firing clients just might be what your business and your mental health need.
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Avoid These Early Mistakes that Can Kill Your Career

Building a successful farrier practice from the ground up is challenging for many farrier school graduates. They will encounter a variety of struggles, often due to a lack of business knowledge. Failure to make enough money during the first few years, causes some new farriers to leave the field. Also, many don’t have the inner drive needed to build a business.
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The Success Mindset can Improve a New Farrier’s Career

The mindset with which you approach your journey into the world of hoof care can often be the difference between fulfillment or frustration with your chosen career. Adoption of a successful mindset provides beginning farriers with the courage to try new things, learn from experiences and approach their chosen trade without being controlled by fear of the unknown. Let’s look at these ideas and how they can help you develop a successful, fulfilling career in hoof care.
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A Simple Rule for Evaluating New Clients

Many factors have contributed to Curtis Burns’ success as a farrier over the past 25 years. However, he says one simple rule had the strongest influence on his business. “I never took on a new client who wasn’t as good or better than my best client,” says the Wellington, Fla., farrier.
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4 Tips to Succeed After School

The graduation ceremony is over. That unforgettable feeling of finishing the first horse without the instructor’s help is still fresh. The former strangers who became close friends during the long days of learning and practicing must now go their separate ways. It’s time to head into the real world of farriery. Where do you start?
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