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Reader Commentary: September/October 2017

Rebuttal To Horse Owner Column Thank you for running Jessica Linder’s excellent response (“I’m Not A God, I’m Just A Farrier,” americanfarriers.com/blogs) to the Horse Network’s column “Your Farrier Is Not A God.” It was extremely well written, clear and concise.
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Set The Tone With Clients Before They Join Your Practice

Hall Of Fame farrier Dave Farley relies on an interview and correspondence to find the right clients for his multi-farrier practice
When you have a good client, you look forward to getting to that barn. They respect your investment in developing skill and knowledge, appreciate your work with their horses and — although it isn’t about the money — they pay on time, without commentary on the price.
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Frankly Speaking: 3 Lessons On Managing Clients

Back in January 2013, Delaware, Ohio, farrier Dean Moshier was invited to be on an online radio show Stable Scoop on Horse Radio Network. In it, he discussed a top 10 list of what most farriers wanted their clients to know. Over the last 3 years, these questions and answers have evolved, mainly influenced by client interactions within Moshier’s practice. He recently delivered this at the Midwest Horse Fair, which draws tens of thousands of equine enthusiasts to south-central Wisconsin every year.
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Real Estate’s Rule Also True For Farriers

The ever-changing demographics of the United States and Canada affect the types of clients farriers serve, stresses the farrier instructor from Kwantlen Polytechnic University outside of Vancouver, British Columbia. The area one chooses to live in greatly affects the types of horses and clients that farriers serve.
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As a knifesmith, Matt Mauer receives many questions about hoof knives. The one he receives the most regarding upkeep is, “What angle should I sharpen my knife?” Mauer, a farrier based in Argyle, Wis., says that is a hard question to answer because the angle of the tool is individual among users.
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