We hear so many horror stories about bad experiences switching farriers. Here's a refreshing, good story.
My long time farrier began cutting down on this clientelle and how far he would drive. He had been doing a good job on my horses, but 1 horse I was hoping to see a bit more progress on. Anyway, after a lot of sleuthing I found a gal in the area who does barefoot trimming and has quite the resume of training and clinics and a lot of good examples online of her work, on both straigh-forward horses as well as some tricky cases. I tried to schedule an appointment with her a few months ago but she was out of the country for a bit. I tried another barefoot trimmer who she mentioned was in the area. Oi vey. He made my paint gelding so sore for almost 3 weeks. Now 8 weeks later I get the original gal out and I am psyched! She seemed genuinely interested in the horses' histories and asked a lot of great questions. She put up with my appy forgeting how to bend his knee and trying to step right on top of the hoof stand (he has trouble keeping his knee bent when you pull it forward, no clue why?).
We talked about nutrition and herd dynamics and chit chatted about paddock paradise.
Best of all, she explained everything she was doing and the reasoning behind it. The last trimmer took my paint so short that she only had to take less than a 1/4 inch off of 1 foot 8 WEEKS LATER! Plus a bit of evening out the heels and helping the sole exfoliate a bit.
The truth is in the pudding and we will see tomorrow if Cruiser is sore or not. But he actually moved out with bigger steps on the gravel after the trim, so it looks promising.