Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
My farrier is extremely arrogant, and he knows it. It's also ok, because he is absolutely the best in our area. He's hard to book some times as he does so much continued learning, and he is in Florida with show horses over winter. He also charges for that knowledge, $200 for a set of 4 shoes, but it takes him about 90 mins per horse, as he is a perfectionist.
Often times, he is at my barn, and will take a call while at his truck and I hear him saying different names of farriers I have used, as he is given them advise over the phone.
He will not work on a horse with dirty or wet legs, and that's fine with me, and just manners on the horse owners part. He doesn't mind waiting if you have to clean and towel as long as it is not every time.
If you are interested, he will take all the time you need to explain everything to you, and he encourages you to be interested, but if not, he will still do his job.
He is very arrogant about his work - but not in general. We have a drama filled boarder who usually flirts with him when she is there. Last time, she wasn't there and a few of us were joking with him about it, and he was laughing it off.
I told him it was only because he is a farrier, and if he was bagging groceries, he'd be doomed. He responded, that he looked in the mirror when he was about 17 and realized he needed to be a vet or a farrier. :)
I love my farrier, he is worth every arrogance, and he is worth every penny. I don't pay him to be boyfriend material, I pay him to do a really good job with my horse.