Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Third, if the farrier's ALWAYS late, doesn't schedule ahead of time, cancels without notice, and you put up with it, that's your fault. I expect professionalism from my farrier, and get it.
Why that's the fault of the horse owner? The only fault if you stay with such a farrier for long, but some "professionals" are like that - always late and you can do NOTHING about getting them on time or behave organized.
To the OP, I'd change the farrier. The whole situation just not right. Yes, it's an OWNER's job to train the horse to stand still, but things happen, and all farriers I run into understand that (and OK with it). For example, sometime horse can't keep the hoof for long time for whatever reason (often health). Good farrier will be understanding and patient in such situation. And I absolutely HATE when any professional (whether it's farrier, vet, or anyone else) is late without a reason for that (emergency, or too hard horse to deal before my appointment, or some other things are understandable of course).
P.S. BTW, yes, with the weather and ground being so dry the hoofs, sole, and frogs usually are very dry and hard as well.