Business Practices

Find tried and true methods to improve farrier practices through scheduling, pricing strategies, expenses, hiring and firing clients and much more.



Critical Keys to Successfully Work with Veterinarians

This article was originally published Aug. 5, 2019 and has been updated.
There are many equine professionals that you will work with throughout your career. One of the most important relationships you can build is with equine veterinarians. Together, farriers and vets develop solutions to help the horse. Both need to understand their respective roles to keep the horse’s health above all else — especially egos.
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Grow Your Skills with Continued Education

This article was originally published Aug. 1, 2019 and has been updated.
Attending and graduating from farrier school will help you lay the groundwork for a successful career — but if you want to continue to improve in your skills and develop as a hoof-care practitioner, it is only the beginning. Industry leaders point to an increasing emphasis on continuing education and professionalism in the farrier world, and the ongoing need to add to your knowledge and skills.
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3 Insurance Mistakes that Small Business Owners Make

There are a lot of things to consider when starting your own hoof-care business. Insurance protection should be at the top of your list. According to the 2018 Farrier Business Practices Report, conducted by American Farriers Journal, the vast majority of full-time farriers (95%) have some type of medical insurance. Yet, farriers are woefully underinsured in areas such as life (61%), disability (26%) and liability (46%).
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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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