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post #1 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:31 PM Thread Starter
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Farrier $$$$$$$

My farrier just left. He had a helper with him Granted they was here for over 2 hours, but it cost $390. 2 TWH, one only wears front shoes, so rear were trimmed. I am in CT and I know prices are high here- the farrier in VA who shod my boy before he came up here (the one with only front shoes) charged $88.!!!! What prices are you seeing out there?
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post #2 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:37 PM
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I pay $50 for a trim, and used to pay $95 for trim+front shoes. My farrier is on the pricier side for my area.

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post #3 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:44 PM
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$30 for a trim is standard here in SW Florida area
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post #4 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:47 PM
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I pay $25 for a trim, and if the TB needs front shoes I add another $25 to the bill. So for my 3 horses it's either $75 or $100, depending.

$390 sounds extremely high for two horses, especially since you're only getting one with front shoes.

You didn't ask him why the bill was so high, or what it entailed? I sure would have!

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post #5 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:48 PM
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Around here, trims are about 35, shoeing 2 with trim is about 70 and shoeing all 4 is around 100.

They can set whatever price they want. If they are in demand, the price goes up. If they are poor in quality, they may be cheaper. Sometimes the better ones are worth paying more to keep.

Was there a fee for traveling expenses? Some will charge that too.

Edit: Even if only the fronts got shoes, they should be trimmed too.
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post #6 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:51 PM
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Wow! That is a lot for two horses shoes or not, and two hours to do two horses, is he getting paid by the hour? I have 6, only do trims, but my farrier gets them all done in less then an hour all for $180/$30 per horse. I think he charges around $65-75 for front shoes, I don't quit remember.

I would be calling around looking for a less costly farrier.
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post #7 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:54 PM
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Yes 390 is a lot for just 2 horses. Why didn't you question the amount? Didn't you know beforehand how much they charged?
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post #8 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:54 PM
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I depends on where in CT you are. The closer to NYC, the more expensive it is. Average $45 for a trim and $85-100 for front shoes in eastern Ct.
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post #9 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:55 PM
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My farrier spent an hour and a half on my gelding the first time she did him (he doesn't like farriers). She charged me her normal $40 for a trim. I gave her $50 for being so amazing. She also did my best friend's filly who hasn't been handled in a while and she only charged her normal $40 for her, too.

$390 sounds absolutely ridiculous. I would be asking for an itemized receipt as to why it cost so much.
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post #10 of 33 Old 08-07-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, all 4 were trimmed on both horses in addition to shoes.
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