The BWFA is a non-profit 501(c)6 Trade Association recognized by the Internal Revenue Service. The definition of a non-profit association is a group organized for purposes other than generating profit such as charitable, scientific, or literary organizations. A 501(c)6 is exempt from federal income tax. The members of this organization may consider all membership dues a business tax deduction. We are listed in the National Directory of Non-Profit Organizations.

Please do not confuse this with a 501(c)3 charitable organization, for example the Salvation Army.

Our mission is to provide horse owners with professional, intelligent, and accurate information on sound shoeing by professional farriers. We promote certification for farriers and strongly advise  horse owners to seek out the services of certified farriers. We are the largest farrier association in the world, with farriers, horse owners, and those interested in the safety of horses, shoeing, research, and farrier science as our members.