Since many find that opinion offensive, somebody explain to me the advantage of hiring a barefoot trimmer ? Peopel ranting and raving saying I am closed minded but seriously what is the advantage ? I don't see any, are they cheaper ? My farrier costs $35 for a trim, I know they arnt going to do a better job than the couple farriers I've used that I find good.
The advantage is having horses whose feet are looking better than they have in 10+ years, horses whose feet don't start chipping two weeks after they have been trimmed, horses who don't gimp over gravel.
I don't give two hoots about wether my trimmer does shoes or not. If he did (Which he used to), then great, if not, well mine don't need shoes, so who cares?
I have used just about every single farrier in my city (Capital city!) and have not been happy with the trim any of them did. It was enough to keep my horses rideable, and sound, but I always had troubles with sand cracks and chipping.
Maybe there is an issue with education of farriers in my parts. Who knows? Or maybe there IS a difference in the style of trim an old school farrier does compared to what my trimmer does. I don't know, and I don't claim to know either way.
All I care about is the fact that my horses are BETTER OFF with my current trimmer, who doesn't do shoes, over any of the farriers I have used in the past. I think it would be totally ridiculous for me to ignore this fact and dismiss my trimmer because he doesn't do shoes, which I don't need anyway.