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post #1 of 15 Old 04-21-2012, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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Question "Holistic Farrier?"

As I was on my way to work, I passed a truck with advertising on the side. It said "Holistic Farrier Services". I couldn't read the rest on the side of the truck, otherwise I would have called the number. However, anyone ever heard of this before? How does a holistic farrier operate from a regular farrier? While I am happy we have more farriers in this area, (we had a severe shortage for years), I would like to know about holistic farriers.
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-21-2012, 11:00 PM
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You sure it wasn't somebody's last name? Like Freddy Holistic Farrier Service. Ok, probly not. I bet he's a doozy to talk to.
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No, it said Holistic farrier services, I was just driving by and didn't get a number. I will have to ask my farrier next time as he usually know who's new in town. So "holistic" farrier is a made up term?
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However, anyone ever heard of this before?
Yep, a few times.

In short, the term "holistic", in this context, suggests a farrier who takes the "whole horse" into consideration versus being focused only on the feet.

It's somewhat disingenuous in that any competent farrier does the same thing.

I'd chalk it up to marketing and not put a lot of stock in it.

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How does a holistic farrier operate from a regular farrier?
He paints the word "holistic" on the side of his rig in hopes that you'll think it's something "special".

Other than that, probably no difference except price/skill/experience level.... same as everyone else.

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While I am happy we have more farriers in this area, (we had a severe shortage for years), I would like to know about holistic farriers.
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So "holistic" farrier is a made up term?
Yep.

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post #5 of 15 Old 04-21-2012, 11:46 PM
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Well, now don't forget the whole "holistic" side of it. He'll have to burn scented candles and incense before beginning to trim, afterward, he'll have some special oil to rub into a spot on the horse's back to "cure what ails him" and he'll leave a packet of some special tea that your horse needs to drink the next day.


LOL, sorry, but one of my aunts is a "holistic" fanatic and she's a friggin nut job.

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Organic oil and tea.....

I'm with Mark on this one. My farrier is looking at the hoof as part of the whole horse and assessing its health and soundness for no extra charge.
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Aren't all farriers doing this? I knew this was a load of horse poop! But I am sure the organic oil will cover up the smell.
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But-you know what? I am pretty sure, the "butterfly farts and unicorn crowd" would buy into this big time.....just a guess. Hook, line and sinker.

He probably went to the same school as the "barefoot" guy I tried last year who blew smoke up my skirt. What a load of crap....Horse(s) (DKF's and mine" were off for a couple of weeks, mine being the worst. his solution-emu oil and vinegar...hmmm..... goes with the whole oil and herbs crowd. Did the horse get better-yeah, when his hoof grew out.

Haven't seen him since, but have a much better appreciation for my regular farrier......lol

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I was amazed at the lack of information I could find online about this. Like almost nothing. I got a phone number and an offer to teach me how to do it for hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

MEH I think I'll keep my farrier. LOL

Wares, if you see him again, get a phone number please. I am SO curious now that google says, pretty much, they don't really exist....

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^^ you mean except in their own head. lol
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