Poll Recap: Hoof Care Costs

Poll Recap: Hoof Care Costs

Of the 1,142 respondents, 824 (72%) said they spend $100 or less per horse when the farrier or trimmer visits.

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Does your horse’s regular hoof care cost you an arm and a leg? In last week’s poll on TheHorse.com, we asked our readers how much they spend per horse each time the farrier or trimmer visits. More than 1,100 people responded, and we’ve tallied the results

Of the 1,142 respondents, 824 people (72%) said they spend $100 or less per horse when the trimmer or farrier comes; of those, 503 individuals said they spend less than $50 per visit and the remaining 321 readers said they spend $51 ro $100. Another 179 people (16%) said they spend anywhere from $101-$150 on regular hoof care. Seventy-five individuals (7%) indicated each horse's regular hoof care costs are in the range of $151-$200. The remaining 64 poll respondents (6%) said they spend more than $200 per horse.

In addition, 142 people left comments on their horses’ hoof care costs.

Many people indicated the specific cost of their horse’s hoof care:

Poll Results

  • “I pay $28 for a trim. My horse does not wear shoes.”
  • “None of our three have shoes, so only a $30 trim for each.”
  • “My farrier charges $85 for front shoes, which is very reasonable for his experience and good workmanship.”
  • “I pay $40-45 for barefoot trim.”
  • “I only have one horse. It's $75 for shoes on the front and a hind trim.”
  • “I pay $35 per trim every 6 weeks.”
  • “Shoeing in the summer is almost $300.”
  • “I have two horses and have them trimmed every 6 to 8 weeks at $45 dollars per horse.”
  • “I pay $185 for two horses. One is just trimmed, and one gets shoes in front with epoxy pads.”
  • “My costs are $260 every 5 to 6 weeks for eight horses for a 'Natural Trim.' I have wonderful farriers.”
  • “I pay $30 for a trim.”
  • “My hoof care practitioner charges $35 per horse.”
  • “I pay $30 for a trim and $60 for shoeing.”
  • “My horse is barefoot so it's $50 for a trim each time.”
  • “I live in the San Francisco Bay area in California. I pay $180 for a full set every 6 weeks.”
  • “I pay $35 for trim.”
  • “My hores get a barefoot trim at $35 per horse every six weeks. I'm very satisfied.”
  • “I pay $30 per trim per horse.”
  • “I pay $85 for normal front shoes, but special shoes for rescued horses off-the-track with foot issues cost $160-$220.”
  • “I have two horses. It costs me $70 once per month (for trims). I do not shoe my horses.”
  • “I pay $35 per horse for trimming, which includes commentary and instruction.”
  • “I pay $150 for front shoes every 7 weeks, which really isn't bad in this area, and I have a draft horse.”
  • “I pay $60 for a trim only. My OTTB goes bare—great feet.”
  • “I pay $270 for six horses to be trimed."
  • “My farrier just increased the price to $30 every six weeks from $25.”
  • “I pay NZ$70 for two horses for barefoot trimming.”
  • “I pay $50 per month for a barefoot trim.”
  • “I pay $35 per trim from a master farrier with a 4-year degree.”
  • “I pay $95 each for two 'full shoes' and $35 each for two trims which equals $260. That's avgerage for Phoenix, Arizona, area.”
  • “I pay $23.00 for a trim.”
  • “I pay for three trims at $40 each.”
  • “I pay $40 for a trim. None of mine are shod.”
  • “My natural hoof trimmer charges $25 per horse, every 4 to 6 weeks.”
  • “I pay $30 per trim in summer, and $60 for shoes and snow pads in winter.”
  • “I have two ponies and one horse; my farrier charges $60 each.”
  • “I pay $150 for corrective shoeing with composite shoes (fronts only) every 6 weeks.”
  • “I pay $120 for two horses.”
  • “I pay $30 per trim, $75 for a half-shoe, and $135 for a full shoe with borium.”
  • “I pay $30 for a trim (horse or mule) and $70 for plates around.”
  • “My farrier charges $60 for trim and front shoes.”
  • “My horses get barefoot trims every 6 weeks. I pay $30 per horse.”
  • “I pay $25 per horse for barefoot trims, plus (my farrier's) tip, soda/water, and treats.”

Some shared their horses' special hoof care needs:

  • “My horse has had founder and needs front shoes.”
  • “I have a Thoroughbred. We shoe about every 6 weeks with pads and special gunk. It does work for us, though.”
  • “I pay $130 for trim and front specialty shoes with wedges, if the shoes can be reused. It's $190 if new shoes are needed.”
  • “My horse needs bar shoes on his front feet.”
  • “My horse has standard shoes that are drilled and tapped each shoeing. He is worth every penny!”
  • “My 26-year-old Arabian gelding has underrun heels and a sensitive frog.”
  • “My horse needs special shoeing. I supply the shoes and materials, so my farrier just charges for a reset.”
  • “My farrier puts eggbar shoes on front for my poor navicular boy.”
  • “My normal trims for my older gelding are only $40, but my show horse gets shoes, pads, and wedges!”

Others indicated that their horses were barefoot:

  • “Most of my horses are barefoot. They do great and it's easier on the wallet!”
  • “My horses are barefoot! Good for them and my wallet, too!”
  • “I use an AANHCP certified trimmer only and my horses have been 100% barefoot for nine years.”
  • “My horses are naturally barefoot and my farrier is amazing at keeping them that way.”

Several people said they took care of their horse’s hoof care themselves:

  • “I do my own hoofcare.”
  • “I do my own trimming.”
  • “I trim myself, so $0 for farrier; however, I do buy hoof boots every 6 months or so.”
  • “I do my own trimming.”
  • “I trim my own horses feet.”
  • “I trim my own horse, he travels better that way.”
  • “I'm a farrier, so do my own three drafts. But if I had to pay it would be $150 per trim and $250+ per shoeing for each!”
  • “I am a farrier so it's only cost of materials for me.”
  • “I trim my horse's feet myself.”
  • “I do it myself every four weeks.”
  • “Being a farrier helps in keeping the costs down, especially with seven horses!”
  • “I do my own trimming and have done so for 40 years.”
  • “I usually do my own trims, but every 3rd or 4th time I use a trimmer who charges $35 for each horse.”

Finally, others left general comments about hoof care:

  • “Poor trimming usually costs me more in the end!”
  • “We no longer need to shoe our horse because we do not ride her on hard or rocky surfaces.”
  • “My farrier doesn't visit. I trailer my horses to him at his place 32 miles away.”
  • “It’s worth it to have their feet in good shape.”
  • “Quality hoof care is very expensive!”
  • “Draft horses are insanely expensive to trim and shoe in our area, and that's if you can find someone to do it!”
  • “As a pensioner, I am struggling to afford care for my horse. Would like to know what others pay (for hoof care).”
  • “Because metal shoes can actually cause lameness over a period of time, we switched to barefoot trimming.”
  • “It's very expensive, and its just four basic shoes. But my farrier is great!”

You can find additional information and resources about horse hoof care by visiting our hoof care topic page or simply searching for “hoof care” on TheHorse.com.

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About the Author

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master's degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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