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post #61 of 67 Old 09-25-2010, 08:58 PM
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More likely "in spite of" rather than "because of". But to each their own beliefs.

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post #62 of 67 Old 09-25-2010, 09:08 PM
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i have no idea what the in spite of thing is supposed to mean but i will say its more a case of 'each to what is working well for them'

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post #63 of 67 Old 09-25-2010, 10:12 PM
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My farrier is great. He charges $20 for a trim and $60 for a set of shoes. He is usually right on time, although will call if he is going to be late. I always have the horses caught up, tied and cleaned up at least 20 minutes before he arrives, he can get right to them that way.
Last time he was out I had made the appointment and then we got called out of town for an emergency. I called a friend, had him go catch the horses, called the shoer and asked if that was okay that we were not there, had the bank give him cash for the job and the horses were all done when we got back. The shoer called and laughed because all three horses pretty much fell asleep while being shod, the friend talked non stop and drove him crazy. He has been shoeing for me for years, is really good and always fits us in.
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post #64 of 67 Old 09-26-2010, 04:22 AM
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I have 2 horses - both are great about having their feet trimmed and one is shod on the front. Red is hard on shoes - and I am good friends with his former owner. FO always trimmed/shod him and I always got grief about how farriers did his feet ie. trimmed them too short (one farrier at the barn did - we have two farriers at the barn) or they didn't do it right. I finally told former owner he was the new farrier so that if anything was wrong it was his fault!

The young fellow that trims other horse is a nice guy and gentle with the horses and he really does do a good job. I just got a new horse that needs serious attention to his feet and Craig is making a trip to the barn to do new horse and someone's horse that has issues. He is dealing with mostly Arabians at our barn and they can be a little hot but they all behave pretty well.

OP - sounds like y'all aren't a good fit so if there are other options I'd go with someone else. I don't do rude or cranky people - heck, I deal with cranky rude people at home so I am certainly not putting up with them somewhere else! (and the cranky rude people at home get a foot up the backside but I can't fire them!)

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post #65 of 67 Old 09-26-2010, 08:28 AM
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Originally Posted by loosie View Post
IME it is the norm in this area at least(tho I've heard countless other complaints) that farriers are rude, unprofessional & almost reliably late & unreliable. So much the norm that I call it 'farrier's disease'!<GG> Therefore I wouldn't jump to blame you for having continued to use him - perhaps he's the best option of a bad bunch for all we know. I know I put up with an idiot farrier for some time because I decided he was the lesser idiot of all options, before learning to do the job myself. I hope you have better options to choose from in your neck of the woods!
LOL..."farrier's disease"....I love it

Sorry for the long post...no rants, just my honest opinions...

I'm lucky (I believe) that a long time ago, our old English farrier taught me how to trim our mares and I've been doing it ever since, but hear enough farrier stories it just make a few comments, for whatever they are worth..

- Trimming healthy feet is not particularly hard to do, but it is still hard work, and I have great respect for good farriers. I used to be able to trim all three of our mares on one day, but as I got older, doing three (well behaved) horses in 90+ weather just about kills me. I now do one every Saturday morning (so they get done every 3 weeks), even if they often just need a quick touchup and roll over.
- Even around here where there are multiple farriers, they are all busy, many won't take new clients, and most aren't even interested or put you at the bottom of the list if you have only a couple horses. I fully understand the economics of this, but it can make finding a good farrier tough. Back when we used a farrier and had only one horse we were lucky to have two farriers nearby and they would schedule us as the first in the morning on their way to the barns, or the last in the afternoon on their way home so they didn't have to drive out of their way. If a farrier is too busy or just doesn't want your business, I would expect a professional to suggest other farriers rather than brush you off or not call you back.
- Pee-d on horse... unexpected situations do happen and if you're around horses and can't take getting dirty, you're in the wrong business IMHO.
- Being late... I treat this just like when I go to the doctor. If it's more than 30 minutes, I expect a call and/or to be rescheduled. Many farriers, like doctors, do book too many appointments, and to be quite honest, I would expect a farrier to have 5 or 10 minutes to talk to me about my horses's feet if needed, and I would gladly pay a little extra for the time if asked. I expect the same from my vet even when he comes just to do routine work, e.g. Coggins or rabies shots.
- Being sore/lame after a trim...probably the most common complaint I hear from all my barefoot friends. If there was some sort of corrective trimming that could cause soreness, I would expect to be told before the farrier leaves. Otherwise, I would never accept that soreness after a trim is a 'fact of life'. Farriers do make mistakes (I certainly have), but I would expect someone to admit to it and even come back just to take a look to make sure nothing else is wrong. This may sound unreasonable and is probably a pipe dream, but if I did it for a living, I certainly would. I also feel that some farriers 'over trim' to make a trim last 8 weeks because they are uncomfortable suggesting that the horse really needs to be trimmed more often.

Hats off to all the consciencious, professional farriers out there... you guys (and gals) are the 'doctors' of the most important part of our horses.

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post #66 of 67 Old 09-27-2010, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Indyhorse View Post
Flat/dropped soles are the result of collapsed inner structures within the hoof. <snip> A flat footed horse needs time, with PROPER hoof trimming, to grow new feet in correctly and develop concavity.
A truly flat footed horse will not ever grow concavity. Period.

Like flat footed humans (yes, I realize our feet are different than theirs) some animals are just built that way. Not because of anything wrong. But because of genetics, etc.

Yes, there are horses who appear to be flat footed because of poor hoof care. And there are horses who are truly lacking in concavity.
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post #67 of 67 Old 09-27-2010, 11:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind View Post
A truly flat footed horse will not ever grow concavity. Period.

Like flat footed humans (yes, I realize our feet are different than theirs) some animals are just built that way. Not because of anything wrong. But because of genetics, etc.

Yes, there are horses who appear to be flat footed because of poor hoof care. And there are horses who are truly lacking in concavity.

Yes, exactly! Which is why I specified the difference being dropped soles resulting in flat feet, rather than horses with flat feet as a biological part of their make up.

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