Dont care how many degrees they have, if they show up to do a horse with out even the basic tools and supplies of the job to deal with any reasonable issues then they are ill equipped. I think the English Language agrees with me.
adjective poorly supplied with physical equipment
Riddle me this, is "Farrier" a legal term in some states so the whole, I'm not a farrier, I'm a barefoot trimmer is dodging somekinda law ?
We seem to have alot of vodoo pixie dust salesmen going around that try to present barefoot trimming as somekinda druid magic , when it is just a basic task that any competant farrier can manage. Any farrier, trimmer podiatrist or what not that begins any hoof care statement with all horses or no horses isnt going to get my business. Id rather deal withsomeone that stays up on the techniques and is good at looking at the horse and taking apropriate action with lots of different techniques and tools at thier disposal. Based on the horse and expected uses.
You have a "family doctor" for general ailments. You are referred to a "specialist" if they can't take care of a specific problem you have. Are you going to tell me they are NOT all doctors? Are you going to tell me the "specialist" in brain surgery is a quack
because he doesn't do "general practice"?
You just can't put labels on things like yesteryear, we are now in a society where people "specialize". If you want shoes, call a farrier, but if you want a natural trim, you need to call a "trimmer" because most "farrier's" will insist
on slapping steel on every horse because "that's what they have done all their lives".
I used to use a great farrier, 12 years later I returned to the area to find that he's still shoeing at my barn. But he won't do a "barefoot trim", he just pulls shoes and leaves them flat and flared. He insists on paring the sole like he's putting on steel...even if asked for a "barefoot trim". Sorry to say, I no longer use him because he refuses to do what I ask...what I have learned
from allowing my mind to expand with knowledge.
So I had to learn to do my own because no one here "specializes" in what I want and need for my horse. There IS a place for both, just like there is a place for all sorts of specializations of medical professionals.
Some people are just to opinionated to accept the fact that times have changed.