Yes, I would like to know what your farrier charges normally as well. And if you have an issue with his price .... ASK HIM!!
My horse needs a 2 degree wedge shoe and pad on the front feet, like clockwork every 5 weeks. My farrier charges $70 for that.
This last time, I had him put on rim shoes on the back for traction for barrel racing (now that we've picked up the pace). It was $20 for that.
A normal barefoot trim that my 2-yr-old gets is $30.
Honestly, if my farrier raised his prices, I would pay it in a heart beat. He is GOOD at what he does and I trust my horse's soundness with him.
The last time I was there we were actually talking about how he is selective of his clients (made me feel good that he keeps me!!). He doesn't want to have to deal with horses that don't stand nice and/or are a total pain to trim or shoe. And I agree with him. If I were him, I wouldn't want to deal with it either.
I think a lot of people forget that it is THEIR RESPONSIBILITY to train their horse to stand nicely for the farrier. Because it's not fair to the farrier to have to train the horse while they are trying to do their job.
There's another farrier nearby who would be the only other person that I would trust with my horse's feet. If a horse gives him a problem at all, he will immediately sedate the horse, and charge the owner an extra fee for the trouble the horse is causing. And I personally feel there is NOTHING wrong with that. The horse should be trained to stand nicely anyway!!
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