From The Desk Of AFJ

From The Desk Of AFJ

Follow the 'Golden Rule' When Setting Your Footcare Prices

The ideal pricing spot is in the middle of the top one-third of the prices charged by farriers in your area
When it comes to setting prices, everyone has a different approach. Advertising copywriter and marketing consultant Bob Bly follows the golden rule that says you should do unto others as you want others to do unto you. What hoof-care pricing structure do you follow?
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Mary Bramley

Are Farriers Essential in a Time of Pandemic Crisis?

The current impact of the COVID-19 virus on your farrier practice should have you asking whether you are prepared for this pandemic and how you are going to prepare yourself going forward with the ever-increasing measures being taken to curb the spread of the virus. What countermeasures, if any, should we take as farriers? How will this pandemic affect our daily business?
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Danvers Child

Farriery Doesn’t Have to be a Tug of War

The International Hoof-Care Summit recently concluded, and I have a question. Why do you go to the mid-winter farrier conference? I think the typical response is going to be that "I came for continuing education." That's what we did. We all came here for continuing education. But what are you continuing?
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Frank Lessiter

Without a Will, Who’ll Get Your Shoeing Rig?

Inheritance laws demonstrate why all farriers, regardless of age, need a written will to have any say in how their assets and property will be distributed after death
When Aretha Franklin, Howard Hughes and Prince died without having bothered to create a legal will, they left their huge estates in a disastrous legal mess. While a farrier’s assets and property aren’t likely to be anywhere close to the value of what these three well-known individuals left behind, you want the legal protection that can be yours by taking a few hours to pull together a needed legal document.
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foundered pony

Let’s Wait Until Spring

The words felt like wads of cotton in my mouth — thick, difficult to swallow. I could barely spit them out: “Neal, should I put her down?” “Neal” is my farrier, Neal Martin; “her” is Annie, my defiant, independent little rescue pony. Neal’s answer: “Let’s wait until spring.”
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