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    11-15-2013, 11:58 PM
Need a new farrier :(

My farrier has decided to no longer serve our barn. My paint has literally been seen by him since he was born (I bought him from my trainer) and my daughter's QH has been seen by him for 8 months. She is a picky, quirky mare and loves this farrier. So now I'm searching for a new farrier. I didn't really pick this one, he was doing such a good job with my paint, I just added my daughter's horse to his mix. Now what? I'm not even sure where to begin searching, or what to ask, or how to know if it's working out...and I'm terrified of something going wrong when we switch. I would appreciate farrier seeking advice.
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    11-16-2013, 12:08 AM
Ask the farrier who is leaving who he could recommend. Farriers know other farriers in the area usually.
    11-16-2013, 10:17 AM
That is what also what I would suggest , and also ask your vet for names.
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    11-16-2013, 10:31 AM
I have an email into him. Most of the ones on our vet's list say "Not taking new clients". We are at a shortage of good, performance farriers around here. There are a bunch that are cheaper, but we've tried one of those at first. Little care was taken to make sure angles were consistent, and the "bedside manner" was poor.

Would it be appropriate to ask reining barns around here who they use? That might be weird
    11-16-2013, 10:33 AM
^I don't think that would be inappropriate. But prepared to hear that they may not take outside clients.
    11-16-2013, 11:16 AM
Originally Posted by Zexious    
^I don't think that would be inappropriate. But prepared to hear that they may not take outside clients.
Around here there is no barn big enough to have a full time farrier. Most of the barns have a farrier that comes in once a month, or in the bigger barns once a week. I think I'll start making some contact. Thank you.
    11-16-2013, 12:48 PM
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I can't be of much help to you- but I feel your pain of finding a decent farrier. Around here all of the reliable ones do a crappy job, the one that everyone worships at my old barn always trimmed my guy too short and made him lame, and the one good one that I've found is an hour away and only comes into the area once a week. I dread the day that he says he can no longer do my horse :(
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    11-16-2013, 10:24 PM
Also try calling Mission Farrier School up in Snomish and see if they can recommend someone, maybe they know a former student who is really good and is still taking on clients.
    11-16-2013, 11:36 PM
Originally Posted by Patty Stiller    
Also try calling Mission Farrier School up in Snomish and see if they can recommend someone, maybe they know a former student who is really good and is still taking on clients.
Sent them a message a few hours ago! So far all the highly recommended ones aren't taking new clients...but I think I might have one that is making room for us in his schedule.
    11-17-2013, 12:11 AM
I use Christina Cline. She's really good and patient with my horse. She only does trimming, no shoes.
I'm in whatcom county.

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