Like any profession, the farrier world has it's share of obnoxious people. I have met with similar attitude in the appliance repair industries. These people are sometimes so rude and brash, you tend to believe they must not need the work, and I look elsewhere for a decent repair person. Except for the guy that fixed my washer. He was so rude and annoying, he could not believe that I wanted it repaired when I could buy a new one for a little more money. I could tell he *really* did not want to work on it, and I did not like him, so I requested that he work on it just to irritate him. It was fun seeing him grumbling around as he fixed it. Heh heh.
After going through a couple of flakey/weird/obnoxious farriers, I found my current one back in 2005. He is softspoken, and kind, and really too nice if anything. Recently we had an issue whete he was shoeing my horse while I was not there (after all these years, I trust him with her), and he started telling me he thought she was sore in the back end. He didn't really elaborate, and after checking her out, I did not come to that conclusion. Next time he worked on her, said the same thing. I finally went out when he was shoeing her to find out what was going on. My bratty mare was jerking away from him, and my sweet farrier immediately assumed she was in pain. He was trying to hold her leg lower and lower, straining his back, trying to make her more comfy and she continued to jerk away. A really nice and professional assumption, but it was incorrect. I proceeded to take his hammer and lift both her back legs high, twisted, all kinds of uncomfotable, banged on her feet with the hammer and she stood patiently, staring off into space.
My farrier was speechless. How could, my sweet mare be such a trickster? I told him she tests everyone, not just him. Now he works with her just fine, holds her leg at a comfortable angle for him, and does not let her take it away from him. She is a smart horse, and even after all these years, she knew he was a softie, and started messing with him. That taught me that I really do need to check in on them more often, even if they do know each other well and I trust both of them.
I am seriously lucky to have a farrier that would jump to the pain conclusion first. So many will blame a horse for bad behavior when they really are in pain....it is ironic that we had the opposite issue.