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post #21 of 41 Old 02-29-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice, tips, etc guys.

I am considering switching and am 95% sure that I am going to. But as SkyeDawn mentioned I don't want it to cause issues because my current farrier will still be doing the other horses at the barn and one of my friends boards at his place so I just don't want him badmouthing me to her(but she already know I want to stop using him, have wanted to for a bit now, so not too worried about that.

My only real issue right now that I need to really think about is for trimming I'm either going to have to trailer to my friends during trimmings or just not go with him(as much as I'd hate that.) I only have 3 being done and he may not come to the barn for less than 4 horses. So I'm a bit stuck but I'll figure it out.

I have an appt on saturday for my old farrier(going to be the last one, I've had it since the last trimming and I'd hate t be rude and cancel so soon.) I'll take pictures of his work and you guys can see what I'm talking about when he trims.

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post #22 of 41 Old 02-29-2012, 11:09 AM
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My only real issue right now that I need to really think about is for trimming I'm either going to have to trailer to my friends during trimmings or just not go with him(as much as I'd hate that.) I only have 3 being done and he may not come to the barn for less than 4 horses. So I'm a bit stuck but I'll figure it out.
Did he say he won't come? I have just 2 horses, my neighbor has 3 (she uses different guy), and neither of us had a problem with the farrier turning down the business because of very few horses we own. You also can talk about paying for the gas for him or something if he comes out. I mean... There is always a way to negotiate (or at least to try).

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post #23 of 41 Old 02-29-2012, 11:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry too late to edit

Also my farrier now made a comment 2 trims back that confused me a little. My BO's wife(not too horsey but knows a good amount) came out and was talking to us about something and me and her started to talk about Arabians and I said how I loved how they moved, they were so much fun to ride and what not. My farrier turns around and said "Yeah they're such a nice ride because they're gaited." I thought he was kidding then he added "ALL Arabians are gaited that's why they're so smooth." He was about a serious as a heart attack. Needless to say I kinda just said "OKay" and changed the subject.

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Did he say he won't come? I have just 2 horses, my neighbor has 3 (she uses different guy), and neither of us had a problem with the farrier turning down the business because of very few horses we own. You also can talk about paying for the gas for him or something if he comes out. I mean... There is always a way to negotiate (or at least to try).

True, I was just thinking about the fact that my friend's barn is a half hour from mine and he usually doesn't come to my area. I'm definitely going to ask him. Going to be calling him afer work tonight.

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post #25 of 41 Old 02-29-2012, 09:54 PM
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Bntnail, it's clear that you have the point of view of the farrier and don't appreciate the OP complaining.
As long as she asked these things of her farrier first, bitch away.

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Fair enough, but you do not have to make your points with a helping of snark on top.
Some see "snark", others see "blunt". I don't mince words most of the time.

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I believe I have been many times on this forum. I have a very good filter (believe it or not) and re-read my posts to make sure I didn't write the first thing that came to mind.

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Bntnail, suffice it to say that you are going beyond blunt. Consider this a warning to try to moderate your opinions a bit. Opinions are fine, telling posters to "bitch away" is NOT!
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Bntnail, suffice it to say that you are going beyond blunt. Consider this a warning to try to moderate your opinions a bit. Opinions are fine, telling posters to "bitch away" is NOT!
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I have to say IMO if I asked someone-regardless of WHAT industry it was- to do something specific (the OP mentioned she wanted something specific done to the horses' feet and the farrier did something different,) then it should be talked out first- he should just be doing whatever he wants first. At some point there should have been a conclusive conversation about what was going to be done BEFORE any trimming got done.

If the OP didn't bring this up she should- but if she feels someone else can do a better job then she should go elsewhere.

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post #29 of 41 Old 03-02-2012, 09:53 PM
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Hi, Phantomcolt! Your friend's farrier sounds exactly like mine -simply awesome! I wouldn't hesitate to change, and you'll be so happy with that decision :)
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Op-some of what BNT was saying is true. I have a feeling that you have not talked to your farrier, and for those of you who want your farrier to "talk", that is great, but do you ask questions? If there is nothing different/wrong/outstanding about your horses feet what would you like them to say?

I personally found the other poster....sara someone with the $10000 horse.....to be more offensive. She seems to think that some horses are more important than others......I am sorry, but everyone's horse is just as important. I do not care any less about my retired old guy than I do about my reiner. They all have to stand, walk etc to survive.

OP-I think you should change, but I do think you should try discussing the issues with the farrier-it is always best not to "burn bridges", IMO, and it is the mature thing to do. Maybe when he is doing the final trim?
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