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Your may think your farrier’s only job is to hammer shoes onto your horse’s hooves, but that’s not quite right. They actually play a major role in the health and well-being of your horse. In general, most work with the lower limbs and hoof areas. This fascinating equine career is very lucrative. It’s definitely worth learning about!
- Income continues to increase each year for farriers. A full-time worker can expect around $102,000, while a part-time one earns roughly $26,000.
- Safety is very important! In fact, only 32% like to work alone. The vast majority prefer to have assistance.
- No one likes to wait around for owners… 43% of farriers will wait 11-15 minutes for an appointment before giving up on a no-show horse owner.
- 32% are willing to travel 51-100 miles to shoe horses for a client.
- On average, 38% pull a trailer with their supplies, while nearly 62% work out of a truck.
- Up to 18% off full-time farriers have no retirement plan.
- Most full-timers handle up to 339 different types of horses each year.
- On a weekly basis, a typical farrier tends to 32 horses and works 41 hours.
- Around 79% use radiographs of the hoof to further treat a horse.
- Laminitis is no stranger to farriers… roughly 69% deal with it monthly.