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A Guideline To Expect The Expected And Unexpected

Determining what it costs to work with each horse is a valuable tool for determining the profitability of your practice
There are differences in how every farrier approaches his or her business. Still, the most common and effective way to manage the finances of a farrier business remains knowing what it costs to shoe a horse.
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Shoeing for a Living

Horseshoeing’s Engineering Puzzle Charms Finger Lakes Farrier

Kirk Smith enjoys the challenge of balancing the horse’s system of levers and pulleys

Horses have been a staple in Kirk Smith’s life long before he started shoeing horses in Freeville, N.Y.

He always had horses while growing up in the small farming town of Clark in northeastern South Dakota. He cut his teeth working cattle part-time as a high school student and later during his summer breaks while attending Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Along the way, he broke and trained horses.

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Quick Tips For Improving Your Bottom Line

British farrier David Nicholls shares his thoughts on making the business side of farriery more pleasant

David Nicholls clearly understands the need for farriers to operate their businesses as businesses. The West Sussex, England, farrier has keen insight not only from being a practitioner for more than 45 years, but from his overall business experience. He’s worked outside of farriery in varied capacities and within farriery, he’s worked in both single- and multi-farrier practices. But for him, there is one reason why he was qualified to lecture other farriers on the subject of business at the 2015 International Hoof-Care Summit.

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Managing Inventory

What is your strategy for managing your supply of horseshoes and other frequently used farrier supplies? Do you order online? Do you go to the supply shop? How often do you purchase?
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Tools And Supplies

Do you pack more than you need just in case or is your farrier rig lightly packed? How do you maintain the inventory for your farrier practice?
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The Hoof-Care Bottom Line

40 Business Terms Farriers Need to Understand

Knowing the language of business helps you put your hoof-care business on sounder footing and improves communication with clients from a business background.
As we get ready to begin a new calendar year, it's a good time for farriers to review their business practices and how they can improve their business performance.
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Ground Control Horseshoes Used On Horses In Movie "Lincoln"

"Lincoln," directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field, focuses on the fight to end the Civil War and to pass the 13th Amendment, which abolished slavery. There is a little secret that you may not realize unless you have some inside information. All of the horses in the movie are wearing urethane Ground Control Horseshoes made in Boerne, Texas. Inventor of the urethane horseshoe, Kristy Watson, and owner of Ground Control Horseshoes received a call in October of 2011 from David Oats, the farrier for the horses in the movie. He said he had orders from Spielberg that a horseshoe was required that would be quiet on the set. Over 200 Ground Control urethane horseshoes were sent to Virginia for the equine cast members. So when you watch the movie, Lincoln, just think about the little secret role that a small company in the Texas Hill Country is playing in the epic movie. For more information go to
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