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    06-06-2012, 02:01 AM
Originally Posted by Horseman56    
Bottom line in the farrier business is that far too many horse owners have no idea what they're paying for.

SO true.
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    06-06-2012, 02:29 AM
Well if I was this farrier & I heard someone complaining about my prices after I gave them a break on the last job, I would walk away & not do their horses any longer. In my area, you're lucky to find a farrier, if you got a good one, you shut your trap & pay the price.
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    06-07-2012, 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by Horseman56    
Common practice in most areas. We don't have a 'list' but the names get dropped in conversation and it doesn't take long before most recognize the problem barns.

Same sort of thing here. Where you from Cotton?

Bottom line in the farrier business is that far too many horse owners have no idea what they're paying for.

Mark I'm in the Florida panhandle .

Your exactly 100% right most people haven't a clue what they are paying for .
    06-07-2012, 03:11 AM
It is 35 to 45 here, depending on where you live (basically, they will add in a "trip charge" if its only for one or two horses). Heck, I'd gladly pay my mare 35 to be nice and the farrier 40 to come do a good job! As it is, I have to do it myself b/c my mare won't be nice for a measely 35 bucks. :)
    06-07-2012, 04:36 AM
Green Broke
I pay $55 for a trim and $95 (I think... it's around that) for trim and front shoes and $110 for a trim and shoes all around.

He's the most expensive in the area but you get what you pay for.....

I will say though, when my horse developed an abscess, he gave me one heckuva bargain. First he consulted with my Vet as to what was to be done, then he came out, trimmed his front hooves, discovered the abscessed foot now had a NASTY case of thrush so he cleaned it up, treated the thrush and wrapped his foot. He then came back out 4 days later and spent 3 hours putting shoes on his hinds and an injectible pad that had thrush meds in it (that he made a special trip to go buy just for my horse) and charged me $165 total! Two trips, a full trim, full set of shoes and an injectible pad that took f.o.r.e.v.e.r to dry as it was storming out. Oh and all with a 5yr old that was really trying hard to behave but struggling and of course was convinced the thrush meds, the bandages and the injectible pad stuff was all going to eat him... so while I pay more than most people on a normal basis, I got the emergency care for CHEAP!!
    06-10-2012, 07:39 PM
I've been thinking on this topic since the incident that day, and I'm not sure I want to stick with this farrier.
I like him personally, and appreciate all the knowledge he has to share. I just wasn't blown away by the last trim job that he did. Smoke's hooves are very uneven. He's never done the feet that way before, so I'm a little surprised.

I want to know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I'm getting good work for a good price.

Horseman, you seem to know everyone who is anyone who trims feet. Do you have the name/number of any farriers in the Fort Wayne area? Please PM me if there if someone you would recommend. I trust your judgment.
    06-11-2012, 01:30 AM
Originally Posted by arrowsaway    
Horseman, you seem to know everyone who is anyone who trims feet. Do you have the name/number of any farriers in the Fort Wayne area? Please PM me if there if someone you would recommend. I trust your judgment.
I don't know 'everyone' in this trade. Far from it. I do know some very talented farriers in Indiana but unfortunately, none that work the Fort Wayne area.

Ryan Clarke is an AFA CJF and runs the Indiana State Horseshoeing Academy in Straun, Indiana. That's a good 2 hours south of you.

Danvers Child is in Lafayette, is a CJF and an AFA examiner. He's probably closer to 3 hours west of you.

Dan Helton and Justin Decker are in the Indy area. Again, too far.

Sorry, that's all I have for Indiana.

    06-11-2012, 12:31 PM
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I pay $40 a trim and have 1 horse and 2 rescue donkeys. The donks feet are taking some serious work to bring back as the previous owner neglected them and they are not the easiest to work on.

My farrier lines up his clients for each day by the area we live in to save gas and I have yet to call him out for a special trip.
I don't tip him at this time, but I do plan to treat him with my homestead fudges and he will get a nice holiday basket full of homemade goodies and apple butters.
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    06-11-2012, 01:37 PM
I pay 35 for a trim and 55 for a trim and new front shoes. I have tried several farriers and find my present farrier the most knowledgable. The average price for trims in my area is 35-45. I like my farrier so much that I go to him instead of him coming to me.I live a little out of the way, have a very nasty 800 ft driveway and my horses live outside year round. The farrier doesnt like my driveway, doesnt like to trim in winter if its not in a warm well lit barn and absolutely refuses to go out if theres a chance of rain. My friend is a barn owner at a large boarding stable and uses the same farrier for her personal horses. Every 6 weeks I trailer my 2 horses over to her place and put them in stalls she keeps available for me and he does my horses and her horses at the same time. I also give him a 10$ tip each time. Its a little more work than what the average horse owner may do to get good hoof care, but I am happy with the arrangement and so is my farrier. Incidently I do this for my routine vet checks, annual shots, teeth floating etc. as well. I have found that it really pays to think of the comfort and well being of the people you depend on to keep your horse healthy and sound.
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    06-11-2012, 01:47 PM
Green Broke
Nope I pay 45 a trim.
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