Originally Posted by chandra1313
Wow I would go insane. I have to brag on my farrier, he is awesome comes like clockwork calls the night before, calls if he is going to be 10 mins late and charges me $15 dollars a horse ( all my horses are barefoot) I also do my part, I'm always there I always have a horse ready by the time he finishes a horse, I make my horse behave I don't expect the farrier to deal with a prancy horse and I compliment the heck out of him and recommend him to anyone who has a horse. Farriering is hard work and if you get a good one hold on with all your might
That's the key. You appreciate your farrier and you show it.
Folks if you want to know why your farrier won't show up, doesn't answer the phone, won't talk to you while he's working, seems in a hurry to get done and get gone, the answer is right there in Chandra's post.
Your farrier will remember if you bring him ice tea. He'll remember you offering him a snack or a fan to keep cool. He'll remember how those horses were caught and tied up and clean, ready to work on.
Try to treat him (or her) better than any other customer would. It doesn't matter if you have expensive horses or a fancy barn. Some of my favorite places to go are poor people's places that appreciated me.