^^^^Everybody enlarge that to 22 font, print it, make several copies, and laminate them. One for the barn, one for your wallet in case you forget, and several to hand out to horse owners that will actually listen instead of giving you the perfunctory "bobbing dog head".
Certification means didly in my world. Show me the work. I have seen some highly decorated farriers who couldnt trim their way out of a box but sure could forge a shoe! Id do what Puck said. Proofs in the pudding. BUT that is assuming you know what you are looking at ;) Lots of ppl couldnt identify a truly healthy foot either.
I have first hand experience on the certification B.S. The A** was more "certifiably qualified" than anyone within 75 miles ANNNND the vet even recommended him.
What did hims do when I hired his $60 just to trim self to rehab my severely foundered horse?
Why, he cut the hooves so short the result was torn, that means TORN
ligaments on both front legs. The vet was silent while doing the ultrasounds but his deadly monotone voice and the purple climbing slowly up his neck told me he was as livid as I was.
So whose trimming my horses these days and rehabbing the foundered horse? Two brothers in their early 30's who have 10+ years experience, no pieces of paper dripping off their finger tips, but have a ton of common sense and listen to the vet.
I do know how to trim but I'm not physically capable anymore. That means, with some help from a forum member, I have been able to keep the foundered horse's hooves where they need to be, in between the 4-week formal trims by the brothers.
The whole world of horse owners thinks their trimmer or shoer is the best thing since peanut butter and jelly. That only means something if the Owner actually knows what's going on with the horse's hooves. Even then, that person can get taken to the hoof cleaners with one wrong strike of the nippers.
Horse maintenance 101 should also include a two hour lesson on the job those tiny little hooves do every day and why it's important to actually have great care instead of the lip service some trimmers/farriers spout off.
I like to call them "Legends in Their Own Minds".
My horse may be the only horse out of a 1,000 that well "papered" farrier screwed up.
Far as I'm concerned with his education, ANNND his arrogance, he's right up there with rocket science and brain surgery --- there should not have been that "one horse in a thousand". And he didn't even have the decency to apologize when I called him.
All he said was " hmmm, I guess that horse
(yeah, he non-sympathetically said "that horse") really can't be cut too short, can he. Let me do some research and I'll get back to you" Huh?!? research what Fella!? And we all know what "I'll get back to you" means.
The horse is recovered, thanks to help from a forum member, and is ridable but he will never be ridable for the kind of hard trail riding I bought him for. It's a good thing I can't ride like that anymore, because it makes keeping him as a pasture pet and giving my niece rides, a whole lot easier, bitter pill to swallow.
Dealing with the founder is one thing. Dealing with the torn ligaments at the hands of the well-schooled person that was hired to rehab that founder is a whole nuther not-willing-to-forgive-ball-game
Well that's a heck of an ugly rant for Easter Sunday. Folks that know this horse's story have got to be sick to death of hearing about it by now. As long as folks think they need their horses hooves to live (or die) by how many pieces of paper a hoof caregiver has at their finger tips, I will continue to repeat myself