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post #21 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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LOL. I hear that... Some people though, you can praise them out the yingyang but when you give one call asking what happened to cause a no-show and they blow up -- IME you get the hell out of dodge. That's why we're on #3 and going to learn for ourselves. :)

Courtesy appears to be a thing of the past unfortunately. I'm okay with professionals calling to inform me that they're either running late or have to reschedule (on that day) because something came up and they can't make it. It's the rescheduling back-to-back over a series of months and complete no-shows that I find rather irritating. We waited for 3 hours before calling to check up on them once (you know, maybe they got hurt, a flat tire, etc) and they exploded on me over it. And then before I could blink, I was at fault for calling, we were being dropped as a client and they hung up... :/

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post #22 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 02:08 PM
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Oh, I don't think you need that farrier!!! I keep thinking that my daughter could go to farrier school - in the long run it would save me lots of money. She is not so keen on that idea...
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 02:24 PM
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I learned to trim my own. I bought top notch farrier tools from a man that makes the nippers. Thank goodness he is only about 50 miles away. I also took a barefoot trimming clinic with Darolyn Butler. Darolyn is a world class endurance champion that runs 100 mile races on her barefoot horses. Our barn still has two different farriers come out because there the owner has 20 or so horses herself! Most of her horses are done by two different farriers who are nice folks and pretty dependable. There are 4 of us at the barn including the barn manager, that all do barefoot trimming.

We have learned together and haven't lamed a horse yet. We use the rasp, sometimes nippers if they are too long and circular knives. Biscuit had really crappy feet as far as they were cut too short, full of old abscesses and cracks. It has taken forever to grow them out but it has been worth it. Just now am I getting some concavity to his front feet - and when I get good concavity he won't have ouchie feet over rocks.

Get the tools, get out on line and learn as much as you can and that way you can at least keep up with his feet between trims. It is hard on the back sometimes - but my horses feet are never neglected!

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post #24 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 02:30 PM
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I feel so lucky!!! I have a wonderful farrier that I completely trust and that comes when needed between scheduled visits if a shoe is thrown or we are concerned about something. He is also a bit of a celebrity (you may have seen him on America's Got Talent - Jeremy Van Schoonhoven), so when he is out doing his act on his bike, we have two other farriers that are willing to come out if we need them.
I don't think the farriers reported on in this post should still be in business.
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post #25 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 02:40 PM
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i can trim, but prefer to let the farrier do it, i don't think god made me to contort myself into that possition :p

My farrier is amazing, we had a gelding that came to us with the worst crack i've ever seen, right up to the coronet band. 8 months and we have about 1/2" left to grow out. they are mostly barefoot. he always shows, and is so patient. All our horses are on flax, and we work to have them well behaved.

I agree that there are no set angles that are suitable, but trimming should be based on the horses individual feet and conformation.
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-16-2012, 02:48 PM
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For years my hubby did all of our mares etc (barefoot) and a farrier came in only for shoeing our show stock. We were out of horses for a few years then got the itch again and when we got back in it we went through 4 farriers before we found one that was good. He comes every 6 weeks like clockwork and always books the next appointment before we deliver him home after he is done. He is Amish, studied and lived in Oklahoma (farrier college) and Kentucky then moved to Canada about 10 years ago. He is one of the best farriers in our area and has over 200 clients. He is also reasonable because we have to pick him up and drop him off which is not a problem!!!
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