The one I just used comes highly recommended by people I trust.
A few days ago, the new farrier came by for a routine trim on my horses. Neither horse was showing any problems - they just needed a trim.
I was not here but my wife was here. She said he quickly trimmed both horses. When he was finishing the QH, he pointed out that he "cut out a bruise" on her front right foot. My wife saw my horse was bleeding from the front portion of her sole in front of the frog where he had cut into the sole. The farrier wrapped the hoof in a bandage and told her to take the bandage off in a couple of days and soak the foot in Epsom Salt.
I took the bandage off today and the foot is still slightly bleeding. Also, my horse is limping pretty badly on the foot.
My horse was showing no signs of lameness before his visit. I have not ridden either horse in weeks. They are pretty much pets. But, since I am always around them, I would have noticed a limp.
This horse is flat footed. My prior farrier told me that she would need front shoes if I ever started riding her in parades or heavy working.
Can I get some opinions on the "cutting out a bruise" thing?
Also, is there some "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" thing here?
Please let me know. I need to know whether to call this farrier back next time.