"Firing" a farrier?
I thought starting a new thread might get more responses than just asking in my current hoof thread, hopefully no one minds! :)
Anyway, so apparently my trimmer is basically doing no good for my horse. I had planned on just talking to her about it but then I realized that she could "fix" whatever the obvious issue is (aka Lacey's ouchiness) with the next trim but there's always the possibility that she'll slip back to her current ways by the next trim. So basically, just talking to her is going to allow her at least 2 more trims on my $$, whether or not she's doing it right.
She's been trimming Lacey for 3+ years which I'm thinking means she doesn't really have a leg to stand on since she should KNOW how my horse needs to be trimmed for optimal optimal-ness, right?
But, now we have the issues: last trim I thought I'd be nice and pay her ahead for this next trim. So, instead of just paying her $35, I paid her $70. So, she has $35 extra "of mine" that I won't be getting back most likely. I'm inclined to just chalk it up to the price of a lesson learned but the frugal side of me says "get your money's worth! Or get your money back!" but I'm thinking that's pretty rude to be all like "I won't be requiring your services anymore, by the way, can you give me my money back?"
I'm thinking that unless she offers, I'll just let her have it as a kind of "thank you" for being a reliable horse person back when I was really ignorant.
Also, this woman and I are friends. Of course, it's not like I hang out with her or anything, I'd never see her again once she's not my trimmer but since I think of her as a friend, how do I tell her that I don't want/need her trimming for me anymore?
Even not as a friend, how do you tell someone that without being a jerk?
How do/would you fire your farrier? Preferably nicely, but really, is there a nice way to say that? I schedule my appointments ahead so it's not like I can just not schedule an appointment....
On the "new farrier" front, I've found 3 new guys that are all jostling each other for the chance to have another client, all come highly recommended by internet people, so fingers crossed.
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzan gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.