I interviewed 2 in the past. I focused on what they said they would do based on the horse's needs. Eventually one came along that I agreed with, except for one thing, and that one thing will be fixed my way-or the highway. He's good with everything else.
Have you met any other horse folks yet? Do you go to shows/rodeos?
If it was me, I would go to some local shows/rodeos or call some local trainers, ask to see their horse's feet, decide whether you like the shoeing job, ask them how they like their farrier, then ask for the farriers name/number.
In the horse business, word of mouth will either solidify or kill your business. If a farrier mistreats horses, folks will know and they will tell. Same if the farrier is good to horses and does a good job.
Yep, I actually have had several recommended to me by various people I respect. I decided on one and he did a great job on my horse, I also told another farrier what his plans were and she's a hardcore barefoot trimmer, whereas this guy is a traditional farrier, and she said he's doing exactly what she'd be doing. She is going to hook me up with some hoof boots for trail. I liked that both farriers were willing to come out and talk without expecting to get paid. Both were very understanding about it.