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post #11 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 10:49 AM
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I love mine because he is my hubby and there whenever needed (and he does a good job) :)) lucky me and lucky horses!!!
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post #12 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 11:45 AM
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Can't say I love mine, but he definitely is a trusted friend & greatly appreciated. I don't need to be there, in fact if he knows that weather conditions are such that they may need to be done sooner, he stops by to check.

He doesn't mind kids staring at him and even will let them try to 'trim'. He's patient with horses that need patience and firm with ones who know better (...Odie). He will trim how you ask him to as long as it isn't going to make things worse, and won't do more than is best for the horse.

He returns phone calls won't accept cash tips (we do feed him lunch or dinner, though). I know he's not perfect, but he's the best I've found.
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post #13 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 11:48 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I withdraw my past statement. I love no farrier, nor prefer any farrier. Can I borrow yours, GH?
NOOOOOO, he is getting so busy now, he only went full time last year, that I worry that he will burn out.

On the upside it means that he is now able to be more selective with his clients. Guess who makes sure her horses are in, feet cleaned, ready to go, who may pay with a check, but will add a little cash if he has any above and beyond work...if Ben has a fit, or the great patient work getting Cody right, or the battle with the donkey...that was the worst day...
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post #14 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 03:55 PM
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I recently moved barns so I also changed farriers.

I never even met my old farrier. He was the barn farrier (big barn), came once a week (Monday) and because of school and other things I was never able to be there and watch him to her feet. I did not like that, but of course he always did a good job so I wasn't too worried.

I now do self-care and Sunny had her feet done for the first time since we moved a week ago. I LOVE the new farrier.

He is an older gentleman but perfectly capable.

My girl was still pretty nervous from the move but he was so kind and patient with her.

She spooked once and he just held her, put his face on hers, and said, "Hey, it's alright." It was great to see and I am so glad I found him. He also did a great job on her feet!

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post #15 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 04:05 PM
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I love my farrier, too. He was just out for trims last Wednesday. HE does a great job and won't quit, either--younger than me and Amish. Best farrier, yet! =D

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post #16 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 04:07 PM
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I love my farrier because he's kept my often abscessed, one-foot-smaller-than-the-rest, stone bruise prone, interference master of a horse sound for almost 1000 competitive miles. <3 He spends so much time with her every trip, explains to me everything he's doing, and works until his perfectionist self is satisfied.
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post #17 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by busysmurf View Post
He's patient with horses that need patience and firm with ones who know better...
This is one of the reasons why I love my farrier. The fact that he's my brother is just an added plus LOL. He handles horses almost exactly like I do. When some of the older horses get obnoxious just for the sake of being obnoxious (Nester leans horribly and Rafe and Taz sometimes still have their youngster fits...even though he's been trimming them all their lives, they're still only 3 and 4), he knows just how hard to get after them.

Then, with horses like Pokey, who need the most delicate of touches, he takes his time and discusses things with them while he gets them done. He'll stop before they get to the "panic" stage and just spend some time scratching on them in their favorite places or talking to them to calm them down.

And, he's wonderful with the babies. Talyn, who was completely feral until this spring is still not very comfortable with anyone but me handling her feet. Every time he trims her, he just takes things at her speed and somehow manages to keep her calm.
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post #18 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 08:30 PM
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I love mine because he's my hubby!
However I still "pay"..LOL!

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post #19 of 26 Old 06-15-2013, 09:16 PM
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I love my farrier because he knows what he's doing and goes out of his way to do it right, and will provide us with products we need to keep the horse healthy even without it having the do with the feet. He gave me a bottle of Vetericyn for Selena when she was needing it, for example.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #20 of 26 Old 06-17-2013, 03:12 PM
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Also, because he came by yesterday...on Father's day, to put shoes on 2 of my horses, reset one's fronts from where he'd lost a shoe, and put another trim on my filly.

Talyn had her second experience and was infinitely better than her first...even though her first wasn't that bad. She stood steady and didn't even mind the hoof stand this time. Her right hind, which has always been her worst, he took a lot of time talking to her and scratching her on the hip before he reached for it and she didn't even flinch...

And, he put shoes on my big ol' clodhopper horse...who wears a 4 on the fronts and a 3 on the backs LOL.
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