Maybe I need to train to be a farrier. Seems they have more work than they need. With every farrier I've used in the last 6 years, the story is the same: hard to get hold of, and then no idea when they will come out. The guy who did the best job usually could come out within a week, but it could take 3 weeks of calling and emails before his first response. I always had the feeling he waited, and returned my call when he was ready. The fellow doing it now just said he won't be in our area for 3 weeks.
It doesn't help to call a month in advance because no one I've used to date has ever kept anything like a schedule a month out, and I don't know if the response time to a call will be 2 days or 4 weeks.
Meanwhile, my horses can go anywhere from 8-14 weeks between trimmings. To be honest, I think Mia & Cowboy could normally go 12+ weeks, but I always get them done when Trooper needs his.
So I'm thinking it is time for me to get some tools and start trimming their feet a little...enough so they can go another 3-4 weeks if need be, depending on when a farrier is willing to come make $100-120 for 30 minutes on site. Happily, my horses all stand quietly and don't need shoes. Mia has one mild club foot, probably caused by how she stands when eating. Other than that, I'm told their feet are great.
But how to start? Any ideas? Any websites, books, DVDs, tools etc that y'all can recommend?