So this new farrier is coming out on Friday.
All his clients, on the OregonHF I'm a part of, say he's fantastic...but so do all the clients of my last trimmer.....and we know how well that worked out.
In my previous thread, Horseman suggested not mentioning anything about her hoof "issues" until he asks/notices, I think?
He does know she's been "ouchy" (mentioned it in my quest for a good farrier on the OHF which is what he responded to) but not on what or anything more than that.
What should I tell him, what information do I hold back? I've never had to find a new farrier before so I'm basically 100% out of my depth.
I think it would be reasonable to let him know the basics about her - she's 27, nearly blind, etc...right?
I am mildly concerned because he only charges $30 for trims and is driving over 100 miles, with no trip fee (I'm planning on tipping him since he did come so far, but $5? $10? $5 would be the most manageable for me but I don't want to be a jerk...), just for me and one other client... But he could just genuinely be a nice guy and all his clients say he's great... We shall see I guess.
Also, for those of you who might be wondering about my previous trimmer, she did not offer to refund the $35 credit she has on my account when I told her that I thought it was time to give someone else a try with Lacey's hooves (in a very nice way too!) and she told me to "let her know how it goes".... Hrmmm.
Oh well, lessons learned.