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Why is the number of farriers decreasing over the years?

Why is the number of farriers decreasing over the years?
What Tate said. There's also the additional fact that slowly people are moving away from metal shoes which is a large part of a Farrier's workload--and a part that pays just a bit more. Farrier's backs go out being bent over all the time. I was fortunate enough to learn to trim my own--note: not everyone else's, mind you--and that's been fine. I considered going to actual Farrier school but I have to trim sitting down already and can only do two or three in a sitting then have to rest a few days. Days. So imagine an actual working Farrier who does 6 or more a day for several days. That versus the pay, versus the decrease in trade jobs. There you go.
Because being a farrier is taxing on your body, especially your back. Also, society is moving away from trade work, so there is a lack of interest.