Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southwestern Ontario, Canada
• Horses: 0
I think I am going to be the oddball out here and say that I would like it....as long as I had come out once to meet the farrier and saw how he was with my horse, what kind of job he did, etc.
Since it is divided up equally throughout the whole year, I know exactly what I am having to pay, and wouldn't have to think "Oh crap! Farrier is out this week and I need to make sure I get out there to drop off an extra cheque!". It would just make my life a little bit easier.
My barn basically has one farrier (or I have never seen any others) and there are about 40 horses. However, he is there quite often, so he isn't having to bang out 40 horses in one shot. He bills the owners directly, and leaves it in the washroom. Cheques for him are then left in the same spot for him to pickup. Since he is out often (it seems he is there once a week sometimes!) he is not so put out with not having the money in hand when he goes to shoe the horse.
However, there is no holding fee, even if the horses have to be brought inside.
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