Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: South Range, WI
Farrier rude, insulting and did a bad job?
I know there are some experienced farriers on here so I'm hoping for some input from them. Additionally, would like input from horse owners on what they would do in this situation.
Warrior (two-year-old pony) had just been gelded but we had clearance from the vet to get him trimmed. She had promised to be careful and skip the trim if he acted too sore. Instead, she marched out into the field, grabbed him by the halter and started trimming him as if she had ZERO time. My mom explained that he had recently been gelded and the farrier said (in a rude tone), “I KNOW that.”
Luckily Warrior was good (at least as good as a two year old that hasn’t had much formal training can be) and seemed okay afterward.
My mom stayed outside with Warrior while the farrier went in the stall to trim Scout (yearling pony). (I’m not sure why my mom didn’t want to be in there, something about not wanting Scout to see her? I think she believes he will be like a little kid and misbehave if “mommy” is there). At any rate, mom said the farrier was swearing and yelling at Scout the entire time. Rather than hold him by the lead she had her husband grab him by his (almost too tight) halter. She had made a comment about the halter earlier and my mom said I’d ordered two new ones but both were too big. She rolled her eyes.
When she was done with Scout, she brought him out of the stall and started yelling at him, forcing him to run backwards. My mom said he was coughing pretty badly and she doesn’t know what happened in the stall (there was no bedding in there, so it wasn’t due to dust).
Farrier then looked at the ponies and made a snide remark to her husband like, “HA! And SHE thinks she’s going to put a KID on that pony!” (Referring to Warrior). First of all, Warrior is two, doesn’t have much training, and was just gelded. Secondly, my plan is to put some training on him and see if he’s eventually suitable as a kid’s mount. She commented that Scout looked terrible and was skinny. My mom explained that we’d just had the vet out to figure out which parasites we needed to target and he’d just been wormed. She then made some sort of comment that his legs were too long and worming wouldn’t fix that. (He’s a GRADE pony that I got basically for FREE).
She then trimmed the big horses, again spending very little time on it. She did no shaping whatsoever.
I have not seen the horse’s hooves yet but I told my mom to take pictures. I will be there next Friday so I will be able to assess the job for myself.
I can put up with a little arrogance/rudeness as long as the farrier still does a good job. But… it doesn’t seem like that’s the case. I am not experienced enough to be able to judge exactly whether the trim job is good or not, so I’m hoping to post some pics and get opinions on here.
Thoughts on the situation so far would be appreciated. Sorry this is so long!