Mine used to charge me 25 for trims, and 75 for 4 shoes. I have recently started to shoe my own though! It may take me longer to get the job done but it gets done properly! My farrier was not correcting my mares long toes and underruning heels! This way It costs less and her feet are already improving! Posted via Mobile Device
Cheap rarely equals good. What continued education does your farrier do? Where was the last hoof care summit, when he wasn't available as he was there? How available is he to you in winter? Or is he flown out to Florida by his show clients?
Personally, I'd rather pay, as it's not about money - it's about the questions I just listed. I pay $200 for 4 shoes, no idea what a trim costs as I don't do it.