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post #1 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Farrier taking on too much?

Last time he came he'd already done ten horses and he was dead tired, then my two, thus his work wasn't up to snuff. He was facing another 5 or 6 within 15 min of leaving my place. He's young but isn't that rather too much? He also has a long drive just coming to the area. I can't see him keeping up this pace much longer, especially with bad winter roads.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 08:13 AM
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well you can't really control his work load, you can demand competent service when he gets there.
Did you tell him his work was unsatisfactory ? If not you're enabling.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 01:02 PM
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I think your farrier needs to build up stamina. Mine does 12 at one whack just here and that is after he's driven his school bus route in the a.m. Leaves here, grabs some lunch then back to pick up the kids to take them home. During his busy season in the spring and fall he'll go do a few more. He's 48 so not a spring chicken anymore either.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 01:11 PM
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I trim our horses, and there is no excuse for bad work, but I'll tell you that a lot of how tired I get depends on the weather. When it's 90+° and 50+% humidity, that saps your energy pretty fast. Poorly behaved horses will, too.
BTW, our old English farrier that taught me was over 70 years old and still working just because he loved horses.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-16-2013, 01:43 PM
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Yes, if his work is suffering due to his exhaustion, then his workload is too much, but you can't change that. All you can do is tell him that you aren't happy with the job he did, tired or no.

When my brother has a lot of horses to do in a day, the only way to tell he's getting tired is that he'll start going slower. He takes the time he needs to get everything just right. He might get the first horse shod in 20 minutes but the horse at the end of the day might take an hour.

Perhaps because he's young, he just hasn't learned to pace himself yet. It may take him a big of time to figure out that the job you do is much more important than the time it takes you to do it.

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