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        08-23-2013, 12:25 PM
    Golly, I'm glad I don't live where y'all live! My farrier charges $55 for all four feet, trimmed and shoes.
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        08-23-2013, 12:30 PM
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    If remedial shoeing had to be done(which is what it sounds like since you said your last farrier was horrible) then yeah I would expect a higher price. It also depends on the material and what kind of shoes he used. Cold shoe or hot shoe? A lot of variables. IMO, I'd spend whatever it took to get my horse comfortable.
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        08-23-2013, 12:32 PM
    Farriers can set their price at whatever they want. My brother, who already has so many clients that he's busy all the time, will charge an extra $100 for a horse that fights even a little bit. If the horse kicks or paws, he will tell the owner "I'll meet you at the vet and do him while he's unconscious". If the owner isn't okay with that, Jason simply tells them that they can find another farrier.

    How much would a standard set of front shoes on a horse with no issues cost with this farrier? That way, we can see exactly how much he jacked his price up.

    Either way, if you really want to know why the price was so different, ask him to tell you exactly why your horse's "issues" cost so much more than normal feet.
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        08-23-2013, 12:40 PM
    Green Broke
    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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        08-23-2013, 12:56 PM
    My farrier charges me $50 to trim and put front shoes on my TB, and $25 for just a regular trim for each of my Arabs. However, I've been with him for the last 7 years and have stayed even though I've been wooed by other farriers, so he won't raise prices on me because of my loyalty. With new clients he charges $10 more per horse, which I still consider extremely reasonable.
        08-23-2013, 01:06 PM
    Originally Posted by Zexious    

    I get a full set of shoes. Here in CO it is $200, i
    Is this farrier's initials SP by chance? I know of some farriers who charge 2X for the same work when they get into some of the big barns in the front range.
        08-23-2013, 01:21 PM
    First things first. I know farriers that raise their price to a client that they do not want because of a problem being paid on time or a dangerous horse.

    I don't think it's common practice to jack up a price that high depending on what you need done. Are the shoes more expensive? Is the work much more involved? I can see a farrier raising a price to cover more expensive shoes or pads. Like if you are getting glue ons, or specialty shoes. Or white line treatment or having to rebuild walls. The farriers I know just increase to cover the higher price of the shoe.

    I would ask why the change in price. He should be able to tell you why. If he is being unfair, tell him.
        08-23-2013, 02:00 PM
    Yeah it looked like regular shoes. Originally he came just to trim, so I had only asked what the cost of the trims were, $40 each. After looking at the gelding he said it would be best to put shoes on him. I told him go ahead, with the expectation that the shoes would be around double the price of the trim. After the job was finished, I asked how much I owed him and that's when he said 230. I asked how much the shoes were normally, and he said $85. He then said that since he had to hammer down the inner edge of the shoe it was more expensive. I didnt feel like getting off on a bad foot with him so I didnt question anymore.

    Anyway, its no big deal, hopefully he can get the horse back in shape, but I was just wondering. I definitely think he fleeced me a little bit, and I am going to question him more on it and let him know that I feel that the price was too high last time. It definitely didnt take him any longer to do what he did to this horse than if he had done all 4 shoes on a horse.
        08-23-2013, 02:42 PM
    Thats a bit pricey for front shoes I wouldnt pay that for just front shoes. My horse would be barefoot before I ever put shoes on for that price.

    I can see paying more if it was a specialty shoe and if alot of extra time was put into it. I also can see being charged more for a horse that doesnt stand still,current farrier charges extra for naughty horses. Charge can be as much as 50$ also charges extra if horse needs more work then normal. Cost more for anything extra.

    Iam not using him right now so iam not paying a thing to get my horses done. I do them myself ,last year I spent over 1,200 dollars on farrier work for two horses. That didnt include the one horse who was trimmed also.
        08-23-2013, 02:48 PM
    I pay $200 for 4 shoes. It's more expensive than other farriers in my area, but he is known to be one of the best. He will freely tell you that he is more expensive than others, but you are paying for his skills. If you don't want to pay it, that's fine he's not looking for extra clients anyway.

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