Originally Posted by Vidaloco
If your young and have a really good back, go for it. Every farrier I know has been as busy as they want to be as a career. I think anyone learning the farrier work with shoes and then continueing with an apprentiseship in barefoot work would be in high demand.
LOL. I'm 6'4", 53 years old and trim our mares....and have my bottle of ibuprofen in my tote right next to the hoof picks and rasps
Our mares are all very good, but it does make my back and legs sore, even after doing this for years.
Around here, there is definitely a demand for farriers, especially if you would be willing to take on the 1, 2, 3 horse owners. Many farriers avoid these because of the travel time/gas expense involved.
...and, be prepared for irate owners. Horse folks can be very finicky people and often blame farriers for all sorts of problems.