Glad to help! :)
Originally Posted by Eolith
I'm certainly going to get my boy trimmed in the next couple of weeks. I am planning to keep him barefoot, as long as he doesn't show any need for anything more. My only concern is that a super naturalistic farrier is going to "judge" me if I decide to vaccinate, worm, or supplement my horse with things other than herbs.
I was worried about that too to begin with but so far I haven't had an issue. My trimmer, though she is pretty "granola", doesn't try to share more with me than what I ask for. Sometimes, when she sees a need, she'll suggest something (like she was the first to suggest I go grain-free with Lacey) and give the reason, but she doesn't do that irritating "my way is the best, any other way is bad" thing. I can choose to take or leave her advice and she's still nice.
She's also really into NH which gets kind of tiresome but I just stay away from training topics with her (unless I really want help) and it's fine. :) She's aware that I have my own way with Lacey and she sees that Lacey respects me so she's not worried about "helping" me train her. She's told me that she'll go into "training mode", for her own safety, with some of her other clients horses, but for a horse like Lacey, she sees no need.
I really love her. Lacey loves her too. Lacey will actually walk up to the trimmer's truck and stand, waiting to get her hooves done, all on her own if I let her.
For me, having my horse love getting her hooves done is worth more than any weirdness I might have to encounter, if that makes sense. :)
And we do often joke about "the really crazy people" who don't worm/vaccinate/all that, like you mentioned. We both know that we're coming from different horse keeping perspectives but there are tons of things we do agree on.
It all depends on the personality of the trimmer but I feel like if you come across as competent (which I'm sure you would since you have always seemed very competent on this board) and you have an "agree to disagree/willingness to learn" sort of mindset, you won't have an issue with a barefoot trimmer. :)