Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Is there an option to haul to another farrier in another region? We are in the same boat as you, shortage of farriers, fortunately all of them are decent but none take on new clients, so peops haul 2 or 3 hours to a farrier. My farrier was one of the super stars around here, I have been his client & his friend for over 20 years. He has always done a stellar job EXCEPT for last year. He ignored my vet's instructions, both horses had lost shoes shortly after being done, although he does come the next morning to replace them if it's not a weekend, but that don't help me on a Sunday morning before a show, does it? Hottest bloody day of the year and I am pulling clinches from a back shoe so the horse can be shown with fronts only (he threw the other back one), I would've had to pull all of them if he threw a front one! He did come Monday morning & replace both backs at no charge. His mother was dying from bone cancer and he kept going out of town to be with & he broke his wrist so he was really backed up, his work sucked compared to what it was for the previous 2 decades. The end of September, I pulled the boys shoes myself and trimmed, this guy and another farrier had taught me how plus I stalk farrier forums. In the meantime, I lined up another farrier, very good one but only does it parttime. I have known this guy for decades as well, he used to give instruction in trimming also. I had him go out to my daughters place as she lives a mile away from him, he trimmed one of her horses & shod the other, did a good job, but then went on holidays so I was screwed as my horses were tenderfooted on the trail & I also had a show fast approaching. I called my old farrier and told him to come out & shoe them but follow my trim pattern, could he? I had got the flares off Scotty through the winter and angles almost perfect, Indy always had good angles, but I needed his toes squared at the back, the farrier said yes. I came home from work and my instruction were followed to a tee, we'll see happens next week when they get done again. Sarah, the purpose of this long winded reply is you must be diligent when there is a shortage of good farriers. Don't go down the road of new age crapola, go with tried & true, stalk the farrier forums, talk with farrier - what is up with the shoe job, wonky angles, etc.? If he can't give you a decent answer, time to move on to soleone who can make Ephy's hooves look normal, honestly if any of horses' hooves looked remotely like that, I would be livid. Good luck kiddo!
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