How Do You Choose Your Farrier?

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    08-01-2012, 06:24 PM
How Do You Choose Your Farrier?

I need to have a visit from a farrier, but unsure which direction to go. I don't know many horse people in my nearby area, and of the few I do one does his own farrier work, and the others have different farriers they like for way different reasons. I have looked online, and in the phone book, but really have no idea to choose a farrier, and ideas? :)
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    08-01-2012, 09:18 PM
Do your friends do the same kind of riding you do? Look at their horses' hooves and decide which farriers seem to do good work. From there, find out who is reliable as far as showing up on time, and who is willing to come look if you have a problem. After you have that list, you might get pruces for trimming and shoeing.

One if the most important traits of a great farrier (aside from being good at the job) is the ability to explain things to you, as well as listen to any concerns your or your vet have.
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    08-01-2012, 09:33 PM
If I had farriers to choose from (a luxury in this area), I would ask for recommendations from other horse folks. I have had the same farrier for over 20 years, I met him when he first moved to town so I was lucky to be on his client list. He hasn't taken on new clients after his 1st year here.
    08-01-2012, 09:42 PM
I highly recommend you go with someone who has been through school. There are several organizations with whom you can check, I found this link for you AFA Find A Farrier
I actually got lucky and got mine off the bulletin board at the local Tractor Supply but he turned out to be a journeyman farrier, shows up every time and is awesome with my horses. You might also check with the local equine vet.
    08-02-2012, 12:59 PM
I talked with friends. The first farrier I chose was not my friends first pick, but the only one I could get ahold of. Didn't like the way he trimmed her. But after my horse hurt her hoof, I NEEDED a good farrier. I talked to more people, and just so happened one of the pharmaceutical reps who came in, had had a horse with a hoof injury, and had great success with his farrier, I got his name and #, and I'll keep him!
    08-02-2012, 03:08 PM
I would just phone and ask them to trim your horse. Ask lots of questions when they trim and see if you like their job. If you like it great, if not try a different one.
    08-03-2012, 07:00 PM
When we moved, I asked a neighbor who has horses, and who also keeps her horses barefoot, who she uses. She recomended me to my trimmer, who I love. They do a great job on the hooves an are patient with my bum of a horse who hates the farrier no matter what we do.
    08-06-2012, 10:45 PM
Also try the certified trimmer / farrier list on this site: Equine Lameness Prevention Organization

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