I'm fairly certain it's time to switch farriers. Am I thinking right?
My farrier right now I was happy with, at first. Now it seems he's getting sloppy. He's leaving my horses heels really long and he's been trimming the back feet in a spade shape.
He also, I feel, just doesn't do a good job for the money we're paying($40 a trim) all he does is come over pick up the horses' feet uses the nippers then files and he's done. Doesn't give them a mustang roll(which I asked for), doesn't check the angles, and doesn't watch them move out before and after the trim. He doesn't even glance at the hoof to see if he's doing a good job or not. Overall(after learning more since I've been doing my research) he is not doing a very good job and he leaves sharp and wonky edges.
Also I had been thinking of shoeing Tbird this Spring and summer but ended up switching to hoof boots(to save money) and found out from a few people who used to use him for shoeing stopped because he was constantly driving nails into the horses' feet!
My friend recommended her farrier and has nothing but good things to say about him so I met him while he was trimming her horses one day. Needless to say I am in LOVE with this farrier!
He has you bring the horse towards him and away from him at a walk and a trot before and after the trim. During the trim he takes the time to explain what he's doing and why he's doing it and is always checking to make sure the hoof angles are right for the horse. He takes his time and does a really, really good job. Hooves all looked beautiful when he was finished. I watched him do all six of their horses and he explained the difference between their hooves and the angles and everything! HIs price is $30.
I asked my friend if he does all of this every time he comes out and not just because someone different was there(he didn't know I was going to be there) and she said yup, every single time.
He was also very nice and personable and easy to talk to or ask questions to while my farrier now has kind of a "let's get this over with" attitude.
So...... I'm right for thinking to switch right?