I was surprised that we don't have a sticky on how to select a farrier! I plan to take 'before' and 'after' pictures for you all when I have to do this after moving to get specific opinions, but aside from seeing other work they've done, what are people's suggestions on how to choose a good farrier or trimmer?
My current farrier's suggestion is to ask potential new farriers, "If you couldn't do my horse, who would you recommend?" The idea being that there are probably one or two people that the farrier community in the area generally recognize as as being very talented and probably good bets.
Other things I will be looking for myself is continuing education- do they go to clinics, competitions or classes to improve their skills? Finally, I prefer someone that has the ability to hot shoe- not necessarily because every horse needs shoes or that the ones that do need custom shoes, but because IMO shoes, along with good trimming, nutrition, and boots, are just one more tool in the box that can be pulled out when appropriate to keep a horse sound and comfortable.
So, what are your favorite tips for finding the right person?