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Over the years, the American Farriers Journal staff has collected extensive research data that offers a unique, in-depth look at the equine hoof-care industry. Since this information can help you understand more about the industry you serve, we want to share more of these facts and figures with you and others in the industry.
Each Friday morning, we will be sharing several facts and figures that will be helpful in seeing how you measure up business-wise with other farriers. This weekly series also will offer you a much better understanding of the critical role equine footcare professionals play in the overall care of today’s population of horses.
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