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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