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post #11 of 18 Old 08-02-2013, 01:39 PM
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Someone who shows up on time if running late calls. Has to know what their doing. Not to proud to admit they dont know when asked a question.

Listens to my concerns and doesnt just blow me off. Good looking never hurts anything either.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 12:44 AM
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What do you love about your farrier?

I don't really have a farrier right now, but the latest one to touch my horse's hooves did a decent job. Not amazing (still a long toe) but it's better than previous farriers.

What do you hate about your farrier?

It could have gone better.

What would you like to see differently?

Leaving on only as much toe as my horse needs.

What is a must-have?

Polite, respectful, knowledgeable, helpful.

Any other opinions on farriers would be greatly appreciated.

Don't employ a jerk.

Thank you!

You're welcome

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post #13 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 11:50 AM
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What do you love about your farrier?
I love that he listens to me and explained everything. Last week was my first time with him since we just got him. He explained why the old farrier wasn't doing a good job and how he was going to fix it. He also explained everything he did. He also listened to my concerns (One horse has a crack thats a hoof deformity since he was young.)

What do I hate about my farrier?
I don't hate anything about him, but he is a bit pricey. But he does good work, so I won't complain... much. :)

What would you like to see done differently?
I would like it if he didn't show up an hour early when I'm in the middle of watching one of my shows! haha Kidding! I'm glad he was early rather than late.

What is a must-have?
A farrier should always listen to your concerns and be willing to discuss them. They should be nice and honest. They should have the proper equipment to do the job. If you have a draft and they need larger clippers, they should have them.
They should not do the following (List based on previous farrier):
Drink 6 beers at the neighbors before trimming the horses then drink 6 more before driving home, with her daughter.
Give porno tapes to clients.
Sit on the neighbors lap and talk dirty to him, especially since she's married.
Speak inappropriately, both sexually and personally.
Make us use the clippers because they're too tired.
Bring dogs along that run around the horses feet while she works.
Be unwilling to discuss the "needed" 3 week trim schedule. (Definitely not needed. Claimed it was because she couldn't handle taking off so much foot each time because she was too weak to get through the hoof wall.)
Be unwilling to discuss why the toes are left long and flaring not touched.
Hit horses because their foot was up for almost 15 minutes without putting it down and they moved a few inches.
Overall, a farrier shouldn't be a drunk, weak, tramp. :)

Make sure your farrier is honest, cares about the horses more than their pay, listens to your concerns and discusses them, and that they're a good person who does a good job.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 05:21 PM
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What do you love about your farrier?
He has helped all my horses so much! Our last farrier would just show up, put shoes on if we asked and leave. Our current farrier takes time to talk to us about every problem he sees no matter how small. He's very thorough and he wants what's best for us and our horses. He is also a perfectionist. He may test the size/fit of the shoe on the horse's hoof 10 times before nailing it on to be sure it's right. He's helped my sister's horse overcome some lameness issues in the past and has treated my horse's White Line problem.

What do you hate about your farrier?
The only thing about him I dislike is that we have to allow about 3 hours when he's coming out. But that's really no big deal.


What would you like to see differently?
Nothing

What is a must-have?
Someone that's dedicated to their clients and wants to help horses not just make money. Someone who really cares about the animal. Also someone who is not too rough around the horses. I'm all for discipline but I draw the line at beating. (Again one of the reasons we disliked our old farrier).
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I expect a farrier to have the same philosophy. Communication. Things that I could do to improve hooves. Timely or calls. Returns calls. A plan of care. Knows what rolling the edges means. Or shoes properly.

What a farrier should expect. Horses that do not have to be caught in the pasture when he pulls up. Expect a horse that behaves, not be expected to train the horse to stand and hold his foot up. Payment on appointment, not negotiable. The owner or designated person to be there with the horse. Timely hoof care and regular appointments. A clean well lit area to work in.

Can't say cons. It would take a whole page. His days are numbered.
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post #16 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 01:08 PM
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What I want/like in a farrier:
Patience. Lots of it.
Consideration for the individual horse they are attending to momentarily.
Knowledge. Lots of it.
Good observation skills.

What I will not allow:

inconsideration
rough handling
incompetence

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 03:38 PM
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The farrier should understand the inside of the hoof. Not just by holding a vertically cut-in-half, 2-D model and pointing at half-bones.

Farriers and trimmers must attended an equine foot and leg anatomy course, in person, to understand what they're dealing with. You, as your horse's friend, might consider attending one as well.

The hoof consists of bone encased in a huge vascular system, tendons, ligaments, digital cushion, cartilage, and of course, the hoof wall that protects this living, dynamic interior.

Domestication has replaced an environment that shapes a natural equine hoof, such as tough steppe and rocky grassland, with stalls and "bedding," and "runs," and lush, wet pastures. Therefore the job of your farrier/trimmer is to help the horse maintain his foundation, his connection with the ground.

The hooves are your horse's other four hearts, pressing with every step to pump blood back to the relatively small heart in her chest, the other four hearts that you can literally feel as you walk beside your friend.
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The farrier should understand the inside of the hoof. Not just by holding a vertically cut-in-half, 2-D model and pointing at half-bones.

Farriers and trimmers must attended an equine foot and leg anatomy course, in person, to understand what they're dealing with. You, as your horse's friend, might consider attending one as well.

The hoof consists of bone encased in a huge vascular system, tendons, ligaments, digital cushion, cartilage, and of course, the hoof wall that protects this living, dynamic interior.

Domestication has replaced an environment that shapes a natural equine hoof, such as tough steppe and rocky grassland, with stalls and "bedding," and "runs," and lush, wet pastures. Therefore the job of your farrier/trimmer is to help the horse maintain his foundation, his connection with the ground.

The hooves are your horse's other four hearts, pressing with every step to pump blood back to the relatively small heart in her chest, the other four hearts that you can literally feel as you walk beside your friend.

Now I know why you are Coffinbone.
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