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post #21 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 04:39 AM
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I pay $40 for a trim and an extra $10 if you get the horse wormed at the same time. Not sure on shoes as I haven't had to do that. The three farriers I know all charge about the same and even though our pony is not happy getting her feet done, I was still only charged the base fee. ( she knocked the farrier over twice )
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post #22 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 05:21 AM
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I just wanted to see if it was typical for farriers to jack up the price over the normal rate if a horse is having some issues.
I've read the other posts, but around here "jack up the price over the normal rate" means gouging/taking advantage of, and no farrier/trimmer worth anything would do that or they would be losing business when word of that got around regardless of how skilled they are.

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post #23 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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I've read the other posts, but around here "jack up the price over the normal rate" means gouging/taking advantage of, and no farrier/trimmer worth anything would do that or they would be losing business when word of that got around regardless of how skilled they are.

Yeah I definitely feel like he took advantage of the situation.
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post #24 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 12:25 PM
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For me, it's 35 for a normal trim on all four. It's 75 for front shoes, and 120 for shoes all around. Those, however, are prices for normal shoes.

One of my horses wears $200 shoes every six weeks. She has pour in pads on the front, and the farrier spends a lot of time with her to make sure everything is balanced and she won't interfere.

My other horse is about to get a pair of shoes costing between 300 and 500. She has a massive white line infection and laminitis. I'm in at least 200 on materials alone, depending on what option I choose for her.

My farrier is awesome, so I am willing to pay the price. If your horse has problems, expect to pay.

Also, my farrier does not charge extra is the horse is a jerk about having feet done.
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post #25 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 12:35 PM
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Left Hand Percherons--No, the initials (for the company) are JB. I'm fairly sure his actual initials are MJ. But I did ride at one of the big Hunter/Jumper barns, so it wouldn't surprise me if that were the case.

Don't get me wrong, he was a great farrier, but I thought the price was a little steep for regular shoes on a horse who was well behaved.
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post #26 of 29 Old 08-24-2013, 01:19 PM
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I pay $115 for 4 shoes here in CO.

Farrier is ridiculously busy but he's very, very good at what he does and incredibly patient with young horses. He'll take forever with a young skittish horse to make sure it goes well (won't touch horses that are just plain being a jerk though). I figure that if he's good enough that people literally come from several states away and camp out in his driveway to get corrective shoing done, that he can keep my lil guy sound and well.

I've always paid extra for corrective shoeing. Pads, injectable pads and so forth are ridiculously expensive. He ran out of injectable pad material so I ran to the local supply shop while he was trimming other horses in the barn and I about died at the price...

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post #27 of 29 Old 08-26-2013, 09:19 PM
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yeah I definitely feel like he took advantage of the situation.
You're darn right. All shoes need some hammering to fit.
The least he could have done was discuss price with you before he put them on.

Unfortunately, hindsite is 20/20, and it would have been great to tell him to remove the shoes and get the h@ll of the property.
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post #28 of 29 Old 08-26-2013, 09:35 PM
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I pay $45 for a trim. My trimmers booked 6 weeks out and if you are no call no show for an appointment once he will drop you.
One our friends has 2 senior geldings. One has navicular. They pay $150 for 4 custom shoes per horse.

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post #29 of 29 Old 08-30-2013, 07:22 PM
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Golly, I'm glad I don't live where y'all live! My farrier charges $55 for all four feet, trimmed and shoes.
Me, too.
When my horses were shod on four feet it was sixty dollars each.
Now both are barefoot and the trim is thirty each.

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