Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
This is the third shoeing with this farrier on a 6 week cycle. He is shod all around due to the combination of longer miles and rocky trails and gravel paths we typically ride. He has good feet with no outward issues, but was always a little cautious on gravel/rocks barefoot. I suppose you all have confirmed some of my concern: that while his work is not bad, and good enough to keep my boy apparently sound and happy, we may in the long run have issues.
The question then becomes, where do I go from here? There are six farriers here I am aware of. This fellow, three who's work I have seen and that I will not allow to touch my horse, and two more of completely unknown (to me) quality.
What might I ask/say the next go around to improve the job for my horse? Or do you think that it may be a losing side to try to change what I am getting and I ought to look around further for a farrier who's methods more closely match my ideal? This gentleman is good with my horse, me, and very considerate and easy to work with, so I don't want to imply he would not be willing to 'customize' his trim/shoeing, but I know that it can be taken the wrong way to ask to change things too.