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post #1 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 07:11 PM Thread Starter
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Question Is this a fair deal?

My farrier and I get along great. He's a helluva guy, amazing at what he does and has a lot of knowledge to share. He's a certified equine nutritionist as well as having over 30 years experiencing breaking in and re-training hard-to-handle horses. I really respect him.
He charges me $35 a trim.
I have no problem with this price, as I only keep one horse and that hardly breaks my bank. I get a lot of really good free advice on training and nutrition, too, so I always felt comfortable with what he charged.
My friend keeps 3 horses, and I board and live at her place. She was really upset today when she was away and I was the one tending to the farrier business, and I called to inform her it was 140 dollars. She claimed last time she only paid 25 a trim, which isn't true, and made a really big fuss on the phone with me while the farrier was in earshot. Kind of embarrassing.
Well, he knows she's out of work so as a kindness he knocked it down to 25 a head and we only ended up paying 100.

I guess the point of my rambling is this: Is this a fair price? Am I being "ripped off" as my friend put it? What do you pay?

Also, do you tip?
Not really sure what is appropriate in this situation.
Thanks for your input.

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post #2 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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anyone? :/

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I pay $55 for a trim at school and $65 for a trim at home. $35 sounds like a good price to me, but I guess it depends on the area. I don't think you're getting ripped off and I'd rather pay a couple extra bucks for a trimmer I really like and does a good job on my horses feet.

I don't tip my trimmer, sometimes we give them a like cookies or something for christmas, but I don't think your expected to do that.
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post #4 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:07 PM Thread Starter
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I'd rather pay a couple extra bucks for a trimmer I really like and does a good job on my horses feet.
that's how I felt, but my friend was so upset so it made me wonder.
Thanks for the input.

Anyone else want to weigh in?

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in my area it is 30 a horse and 25 for a newbie just out of school. I pay the 30 for the experience personally. He also gives me advise too as he knows I am a newer horse owner with questions. He even hooked me up with a vet too. To me 5 or in your case 10 is worth it.
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post #6 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:13 PM
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No $35 a trim is not overpriced, it's near underpriced considering what all a farrier has to pay for to be a self employed individual. Now a weekender just shoeing on the side doesn't have the overhead that a full time farrier has, however that individual doesn't have the same experience level and likely education of the full timer.

I'm just now at $35 a trim, I'm in a relatively low cost of living area. My mentor is at $40 and another in the show barns is at $45. $45 is the more fair rate, but only his market will bear that price. (show horses) I do mostly trail horses or pets.

A lot more goes into the price of that service besides labor and supplies. Farrier's do not have a company providing insurance, vehicle maintenance, or medical coverage. And let's not forget Continuing Education.
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post #7 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:15 PM
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Mine costs $40.. the one before $45.. one before that $75

I think you're getting a good deal.

I wish they'd let me pay more.. they work so hard for us!

$25 is ridiculous..... I would never pay a farrier that low of money.. ever!

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post #8 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:20 PM
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Sky, They don't accept tips?

I have a few clients who tip me, and it's very much appreciated. I try my best with everyone.
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post #9 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:23 PM
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Farrier 35$ + tip. Usually a 10$ tip if it's at the end of the day especially. I've only not tipped this one once, I paid cash for that particular day and all I had was 35$ in my wallet.

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post #10 of 50 Old 05-30-2012, 08:45 PM
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Fair Deal

In Nova Scotia, the price for just a trim is $30 -$35 .. which I think is a good deal! I have 10 horses so maybe I get a deal on having the farrier in to do a bunch.. ?
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