Well...a competant trimmer/farrier should be able to properly do a horse in 10-15 min. If this guy is running 30 min. Then that raises some "red flags" with me. Either he's really not sure what he's doing or he's doing a bunch of "showmanship." We had one guy locally who dressed like Crockodle Dundee, took forever to trim a foot (with lots of motion and not much progress), and regularly sored up stock because he was a True Believer in short toes and trimmed excessivly (making the horse sore for a few days afterwards). He used to do a couple of Walkers at our place. When questioned about his work, and the fact that horses walked away from his stand more sore than when they got there, his answer was, "They just need to toughen up."
Needless to say I never let this guy touch one of my horses.
Maybe it's time for a second opinon on the trims you're getting.
Generally I agree with you but sorry not this time
. There is no showmanship or boogie boogie wizardry involved.
What there IS are four horses, each with their own issues.
1. The 23 yr old is insulin resistant, has hock and ankle arthritis and needs breaks; or isn't that allowed in your world.
2. The 24+ was a starving horse poster child with an injured vertebra when I rescued him 17+ years ago. As he gets older and the arthritis in his back gets worse, he needs breaks too.
3. The 15 yr old has a mild club hoof.
4. The 12 yr old is also insulin resistant, is slightly cowhocked and has some funky hoof issues that the vet and the chiro both have been involved in. His hooves are rock solid and he has exceptionally thick wall, they just require an almost prescription trim and that takes time.
If you know anything about hooves, all of that should clearly state that each of these horses needs extra time. Every time he trims, he looks at how each horse is moving before he starts trimming.
My Trimmer has never sored my horses; matter-of-fact my 23 yo IR horse can now be ridden barefoot on the road for the short distances we go; something he could never have done in the past.
Contrary to your thoughts, if someone did a wham bam thankyou ma'am trim and had four hooves done in 15 minutes on one of my horses, they would be the one to be fired. For my part, 30 minutes per horse is an appropriate amount of time to do the job properly without any showmanship involved.
I have never trimmed profressionally but I have trimmed my own horses, as needed, during my youth and adult life to know that 15 minutes is NOT enough time to do justice to four hooves.
Nuff said on this thread. Feel free to PM me or start another thread.