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post #21 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 07:35 PM
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I'm all for the honest direct approach. Any true professional is going to listen to your concerns and give you honest feedback. The good ones will be able to answer your questions and provide a new way to address the problem. The hacks will be easy to spot and they don't deserve your money anyway. If for whatever reason, a good farrier cannot fix a problem, they don't take it personally if you want to go in a different direction. It's a business.
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post #22 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 07:48 PM
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Oh man, I hate firing farriers! My sister fired one farrier who caused her horse to be sore for three days after every trim; lying down sore, and it did not go well. Then the farrier bought the house next door to her, and it took several years before they spoke to each other. It is so hard not to have someone whose work you like; when you have it, they are worth their weight in gold.
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I always thought my farrier was a little on the odd ball side but he has transformed one of our horses hoofs. Last year she had an injury to her rear hoof where the bottom part was literally sliced off. Ever since that happened her hoof had grown out wrong and to the side (hard to explain what it looked like) and no farrier we ever had out here could do anything to fix it. They always told us she would never be rideable and to just deal with having a lawn ornament. We had an appointment with the person who couldn't seem to fix her hoof and he never showed up. Got a hold of another one recommended by a friend and within a few trimmings her hoof is in such good condition you can't even tell it was ever injured or grew wrong. He told us exactly what he was doing, WHY he was doing it, what should happen within a few weeks and then immediately set another appointment to do a check up. He may seem weird and tells the strangest darn stories but I am so thankful for what he has done for our girl. It wasn't easy finding him either and I'd rather listen to him talk for almost 2 hours while assisting our three horses than see one guy for 30 minutes with a crappy attitude.
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I always thought my farrier was a little on the odd ball side
On the "odd ball side"? Yep, that's a farrier prerequisite. No normal thinking person is going to do this for a living!

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... She always says "Well, you do have some mud down there in the field and it is the spring, all horses are a little tender in the spring"...
Wallaby, you are NOT allowed to write this kind of thing without at least some advance warning to readers!

Spewing coffee out my nose is a particularly unpleasant experience!

You give this person real money!?

You're letting them come back!?!?

Okay... I get it. You're just pulling our chain.

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post #26 of 26 Old 05-02-2012, 10:20 PM
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On the "odd ball side"? Yep, that's a farrier prerequisite. No normal thinking person is going to do this for a living!



Wallaby, you are NOT allowed to write this kind of thing without at least some advance warning to readers!

Spewing coffee out my nose is a particularly unpleasant experience!

You give this person real money!?

You're letting them come back!?!?

Okay... I get it. You're just pulling our chain.

Cheers,
Mark
It's not letting me quote you Wallaby, but about your farrier talking about being sore in the spring. When I told the barn owner I wasn't going to use her farrier again (since my mare was tender footed after he trimmed her) she must have said something to him because that's what she came back with a few weeks later, that oh she was probably just sore because it's spring She then proceeded to be tended footed until october and needed boots for riding on any rocky footing. Before him trimming she would go over gravel no problem at all.
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