I have never heard of a farrier, in my area, that has refused to do someones horses. Even if they are the craziest thing ever, and they have to rope them down to trim them.
Then they are either inexperienced, bad farriers who are desperate for business, or just stupid.
No it isn't. Doing the best job they can on the hooves is their job, and that can only be done on a horse who cooperates so the proper job can be done. Trimming or banging bad cowboy shoes onto some poor ill behaved beast while it is roped down, twitched, or having its legs physically restrained is not good farrier work. It is foolishness that does not help the horse learn how to be better the next time and it CREATES farrier hating horses instead if better horses. Wrestling ill behaved pukes is not the farriers job .
Any so called farrier who does that kind of matcho cowboy stuff now days is considered in the industry to be an idiot. And usually, they are also usually the cheapest "iron hangers" around and do generally mediocre to bad shoeing even on the good horses, to boot.
The willingness to work on ill trained bad horses has always seemed to go hand in hand with poor shoeing skills, a bad reputation among the better horse barns, and a need for a constant stream of new clients because no one who actually cares about the quality of work will hire them, WE have a couple of those kind of " backyard shoers" here. The get $65 a horse for a shoeing, the rest of us get over $100 and get only GOOD horses to work on. GOOD shoers don't HAVE to take on those kind of clients to make a good living..... see where smart comes in here?
they know what do to in most cases.
Knowing what to do means knowing when to tell the owner to train the horse. Training is NOT part of the real PROFESSIONAL farrier's job if the have half a brain.
If they are stupid enough to risk their lives, risk harming a horse, insure the horse is going to hate farriers them even more the next time, then they tie bad horses down to trim them. .
It may be largely inconvenient but like I said, I have never heard of one denying to trim or shoe.
it is a LOT MORE than "inconvenient'. It is a huge liability to everyone including the horse and the farrier.
In some countries where animal welfare laws are stronger (the UK) it is ILLEGAL for a farrier to discipline the horse in any way.