Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
There is no typical reason a competent farrier will work with a horse that is likely to injure them. If they're good at their job, they've got plenty of cooperative horses on their list they need to get to. If they're desperate for work, maybe they'll take a little more risk of getting injured because they need the job.
"Refuse to stand" is pretty darn vague though. It could mean everything from set back, flip over, kick and rear to just fussing a little depending on who's saying it. None of the good farriers I've met have an issue with a horse with medical or pain issues, or even your run of the mill impatience. There's a big difference to their safety and ability to do a proper job between that and a horse that's going to hurt you through either fear, lack of training, or aggressive/reactive behavior.
My guy can get a bit impatient and want to pull his foot away. He's gotten much better, but even at the start when he was at his 'worst' and I apologized for it, I was told that yes, he was a bit antsy, but that he wasn't that bad on the scale of the horses my farrier sees daily. And he was one that had more work than he could do and no hesitation about refusing to work on dangerous horses or for unpleasant owners. He didn't mind being patient or working with the horses, and was never rough, but valued his health and ability to continue to earn a living too.