Originally Posted by loosie
^^A GOOD farrier/hoof care practitioner should be able to advise well & objectively, but IME there are just so many more bad/average/ill educated ones out there, that unless the owner is well informed already, it's just blind faith taking a trimmer's word for anything. Unfortunately there's no short cuts to owners educating themselves.
Totally agree with this. I just figured that farriers knew what they were doing until (with help from this forum) I became educated on the hoof. I now have a base understanding of the parts, shape, and function of the hoof. Also I'm beginning to understand angels. All of this helps me weather I am trimming myself or am having someone do it for me. I suggest you learn as much as you can and then make your decision. Good luck.