What to do when you can't find a farrier...

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Health > Hoof Care

What to do when you can't find a farrier...

This is a discussion on What to do when you can't find a farrier... within the Hoof Care forums, part of the Horse Health category
  • Startup equipment for mobile farrier
  • Find a Farrier Near You

Like Tree4Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    10-29-2013, 02:03 AM
What to do when you can't find a farrier...

Things were so much easier before when I knew nothing.

I can't find a single farrier that will do a proper trimming job. Found a few nearby names but no, won't go to my city. I'm new to the horse world so I don't have a lot of connections...

So frustrating. I thought my horse's bodyworker, who is AMAZING at that, would have a couple good names... nope. Is it really so impossible here?

I think I may have to learn to trim myself, but I'm terrified. I'd honestly pay someone extra to travel further, but there's no one I can find. It's so frustrating I get near tears thinking about it.

But preparing myself... if I were to start to learn... how do I start? I know nothing. I know enough to say something's wrong but not much more than that... UGHHH.
Sponsored Links
    10-29-2013, 07:24 AM
Super Moderator
Can you work your horse? Can you take him over rough terrain and roads? My horses need almost no trimming as they are regularly worked on roads and grow enough hoof to keep up with the work load, this could help you keep on top of things until you can find help. Education is everything and you will need to learn about diet as much as trim and movement, but I would never advocate a complete novice doing their own trimming but with help it is something you could learn (if you need to). Horses can do a lot of the hoof balancing themselves if given the chance and the correct diet and movement.
    10-29-2013, 08:09 AM
One of the easiest ways to get names and opinions is to find a local Facebook group and pose the question.
Posted via Mobile Device
littrella likes this.
    10-29-2013, 08:30 AM
Do you have a trailer? You might be able to make arrangements to meet a farrier somewhere.
Posted via Mobile Device
    10-29-2013, 08:43 AM
Ask your vet, they usually will have a farrier list.
Posted via Mobile Device
    10-29-2013, 12:17 PM
How bad is the available work? (pictures of a fresh trim would help evaluate this) Is it just a little off so that you can make adjustments yourself with a rasp?

What part of the county are you in? ( PM me if you want) Often there are very good farriers or trimmers available that a horse owner may not even know about but need the right referral list to find them .
    10-29-2013, 01:07 PM
If you can find more people, more farriers will be interested.

I got my guys # from a very good farrier with no room on his client list and who didn't travel. My vets suggestion for a farrier left much to be desired, but at least she occasionally listened to him (better than most).

Good luck! And until then I would try to ride over some differing terrain to keep the feet worn a little
Posted via Mobile Device
    10-29-2013, 03:24 PM
This is so frustrating. I was literally in tears trying to find anyone who could do a decent job on my laminitic mare since I don't shoe. It's also one of the reasons I trim myself. I trailered to St. Louis to get her first shoes, then found someone local when I had more time. I'm going to be very happy when she's back out of shoes.

If you just need regular trimming, it really isn't that hard to learn to do, particularly if you trim small amounts often. Try Bare Foot Horse

There are lots of knowledgeable people on here that could critique your trim and help you learn if you post good pics, too.
    10-29-2013, 03:30 PM
It's always going to be hit or miss. You can't know their good unless you like the way they do your horse. You may want to look at the bulletin boards at feed or tack stores. Or pull in to a few barns or boarding stables and see who others have.
Viranh likes this.
    10-29-2013, 03:38 PM
I called a lot of different barns and vet clinics when I was looking for a traditional farrier. I think that is a good place to start. Around here, everywhere I called told me who NOT to use, but didn't have positive suggestions. :s I would think this normally would yield at least one good farrier.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Want to find custom engraved spurs with my name on them- where can I find them? snookums Horse Tack and Equipment 1 08-06-2013 06:55 PM
I can't find a farrier! alexis rose Horse Talk 11 10-02-2012 06:32 PM
Can't find a farrier Elessar Horse Talk 3 01-10-2012 12:46 PM
When to find a new farrier? Ktibb Horse Health 19 05-26-2010 08:02 PM
How did you find your farrier? themacpack Horse Health 27 04-25-2010 07:15 AM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:30 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0