I came upon a "Farrier Wanted" ad on Facebook recently, and it piqued my interest. Someone commented and told the person that the farriers they were calling probably wouldn't come because their horse didn't stand well, and they were probably trying to "save their bodies" by refusing such horses.
Have you EVER heard of a farrier refusing their services just because a horse wouldn't stand well? Now I know their are degrees of standing problems. Most of my horses stand well enough for me, but move a bit when the farrier comes. All the farriers I've used are patient people, willing to familiarize themselves with the horse until it feels comfortable enough to let them work with it. I always apologize profusely, but they always tell me, "They're not bad. I've had much worse."
I can understand refusing a horse that kicks. That's dangerous, and no one wants to be out of work. But refusing because the horse doesn't stand well? That doesn't sound right to me. I could understand how lack of time could make it darned inconvenient, but I don't think they'd refuse a job altogether.
Anyone else's thoughts on this?