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        10-29-2013, 04:29 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    Where are you located? Maybe someone here can help. Or call local barns, maybe you can haul your horse there on days when the farrier will be in the area?
         
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        10-29-2013, 04:50 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    I've posted ads on Craigslist before. Ask for references, make sure they went to a farrier school (it definitely helps narrow down the pool of people all vying for your money and saying, "I trimmed a horse once!"), see pictures of their work, etc. Ask to see pictures of their horses feet if they don't have any current work pics. Then work out a way to meet them halfway or something. Unfortunately we have to deal with the exact same thing. Hardly any farriers, all of them self-taught. Not that being self-taught is bad, but you can tell the difference between one that's worked at it, and one that went out, bought the tools, and started trimming with no experience or guidance.

    If you're looking for books on self-trimming, or just want to see what a good trim should look like, you should check out Pete Ramsey. His website is: Pete Ramey Hoof Rehab home. Horse hoof maintenance and care.
    The man is amazing with hooves.
         
        10-29-2013, 05:47 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    The best way I've found so far of finding a good trimmer/farrier is to look at the horses' feet around you and when you see some that look like they're in particularly good shape, ask them who their farrier is.

    Asking the vet can be hit or miss. My vet mentioned once that the good farriers usually don't want to be recommended by the vet's office as their books are already full. The ones whose numbers they do give out tend to be farriers who are looking for more clients and aren't awful, but they aren't necessarily good, either.
         
        10-29-2013, 08:02 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Thanks everyone for your thoughts and suggestions.

    I live close to Vancouver BC Canada. My barn and facilities are within a forest within a city, so terrain is limited to hogfuel arenas, packed gravel trails and his pea gravel paddock. So not much choice terrain variability...

    Sadly, I don't have trailer access (otherwise this would be much easier). And to be honest, of the horses I've seen in the 3 barns that form my stable, most are not feet I want on my horse. So I've been keeping my eyes and ears out, but nothing so far...

    My gelding has very good feet, despite everything. His current farrier nearly made a mess of his feet, but she did more or less try to listen to my concerns and did some changes. (without a moment to spare... they went from quickly contracting thrushy frogs to now wide and clean feet, compared to before). But we're still talking heels not far back enough, too much wall (some dead sole), overgrown bars, flaring. And the last time, she trimmed the toe wall area too short (I assume in response to my concern that he still had far too much flare) and left him sore for a week or so. I'm not sure if I have pictures, I always meant to but I was never happy with a trim so I just got too discouraged to photograph it... but will check my cell for photos there maybe.

    There are a couple of barefoot trimmers (I've been looking for a farrier, but at this point, since he is great barefoot, that would do...) that still have faults, but perhaps are not so bad? I won't post the names, but I will PM them to those with experience. (Patty?)
         
        10-30-2013, 12:17 PM
      #15
    Yearling
    For quite a long while (4 years) I was kinda stuck with poor farriers at a barn that said , sure, bring your farrier. But they would be rude and farrier would not come back. Barn farriers would yes you to death and just do what they were doing. Barn farrier was kept because was the only one to do what the trainer said. Barn owner/management/trainer made me feel that I couldn't possibly know how to trim. What I had to do was wait a day after farrier trim , then during barn quiet time, fix the wrongs. Take the toe back, Level side to side, roll the edges, and scoop the quarters. I had moved my horse to a new barn, do it myself, and another farrier inspects my work.

    Learn, read, do whatever you can to know what's correct. There are so many guides out there. Go slow. Yes you will make some mistakes. But probably do a lot better work than idjets . I used to do mine's feet, then touch up every few days during her grain feeding. Seems you can see more error the next day, LOL. And keep reading. You will be happy.
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        11-24-2013, 10:56 PM
      #16
    Started
    It's no better in a huge city where there are lots of farriers, to find a good one. I'm still looking and doing my mares myself.
         
        11-25-2013, 12:52 AM
      #17
    Weanling
    I am very lucky in that my old farrier from when I had my prior gelding 12 years ago is still around and still trimming horses at the barn i'm at. Sadly, this isn't always the case for people, and finding that perfect farrier is not easy!

    Being as you are in Vancouver, try calling up Thunderbird show park out in Langley. They should know at least a few good farriers between their location and yours? They are a large showjumping venue and a lot of horsepeople go through there, so you just might find a good connection that way.
         

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