Loosie, when I lived in Alberta, my farrier served a 5 yr apprenticeship with a top notch British trained farrier. When he became my farrier he'd been at it on his own about 15 years. The guy was a genius when it came to horse anatomy and vets often consulted with him. He didn't shoe a horse unless it was warranted. I still have that expectation of knowledge from a farrier. In most cases, when people have become soured to farriers I think it has a lot to do with the brainwashing of the "natural" hoof movement. Many push the notion that farriers just want to slap shoes on a horse when they aren't needed. Thus a trimmer is sought out. Any time I've had a farrier, he's asked the type of riding I do, if the horse is sensitive over certain terrain. He'll watch the horse move, then tell me what/how he'd like to work with the horse. I've never had one recommend shoes yet.
Last edited by Saddlebag; 06-05-2014 at 11:33 AM.