Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Midwest Indiana
OP, go with the new farrier. Cheaper and better, seems like an easy decision, but I know switching can be kind of sticky, especially if your farrier does the feet of other horses at your barn.
I personally prefer to know what my farrier is doing, I want to know specifics about my horse's feet. If you prefer not to talk and get the job done quickly, that's fine,I won't use you. I've switched from my last farrier for that specific reason. He did a good job, but he was too fast and didn't talk at all. I understand that for some people that doesn't make any sense, or would consider me stupid, but that's fine. My horse is my family, and it's MY choice whether I pay someone to do my horse's feet or not. For such a client reliant trade, and how important word of mouth is, you'd think some would be a little more gracious.
Bntnail, since you like to jump to conclusions about other posts, no, I do not want a slow and loud farrier. I want someone that is methodical, that asks questions about my horse, asks to see the horse move, how they handle their own feet (that's fine that someone can look at the feet and see what needs to be done. What about an injury the horse may have sustained that effects the feet, that the owner may be unaware of? This is why we pay professionals.), someone that explains the hows and whys about my animals. That's how I chose my dentist. He will explain things to me, he likes that I want to learn. I choose my farrier on the same basis.
If you are going to teach a horse something and have a good relationship, you don't make him learn it - you let him learn it.