Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
I've not seen one good farrier anywhere around me..ever.
C is pretty good, I don't like how he leaves the sole level with the wall and it won't work for my mare. But aside from that his work is nice. $45 is too much though if I still have to go back and take sole out though.
T is plain horrid, and I wish my old BO would switch to someone else. He turns out horses with looooong toes and horribly underrun heels.
Current BO's farrier does an okay job, but she cranks the horse's legs out MUCH too far (and wonders why they don't behave for her when they usually do).
L just has the worst attitude..If they horse is young, she'll make sure to take extra long so she can say she won't do the horse because it fidgets. She won't get lower for horses with arthritis that need it. She won't come back out for a horse that throws a shoe (even the next day).
S (who WAS my farrier) did an AWESOME job the first time..and last time was his strike out. He went from an almost perfect trim to a hack job with no balance, left flares, barely touched the sole (still had dead sole in there!), and was an ass to my mare. I told him to let her pick up her foot and not try to yank it because she'll kick like she did the first time..tried to yank every one of her feet up, didn't even give her a second to recognize he was asking. I didn't correct her nor did I apologize to him. I was going to give him a tip for coming out on such short notice, but left it without the tip. Don't raise your price and do a sh!t job, especially when you're young and need business and know I can do it myself.
Soo..I'm done using farriers. My mare has been lame from his hack job for the past two weeks, and Ill have to wait until the bruise he caused grows out to do much else.
If she needs shod (which she doesn't with a good trim the way I ask for it) now, Ill be doing the glue ons myself until she can be barefoot again. Never again will I spend $40 to waste $180 in board on a lame horse again. Ever.
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