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post #1 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 09:20 PM Thread Starter
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What's the cheapest you've gone with a farrier?

If your horse is barefoot and you're only get a trim every other month, what's the cheapest you've gone? Or heard of someone able to pay?

I want to get a horse of my own soon, so I need to get all my facts straight first. Thanks!
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post #2 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 09:23 PM
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Depends on your area, really.

Cheapest I've gotten a trim was free because my BO paid for it.

Least I've PAID for a trim was $35.
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My BO is very...how did she put it...aw heck...she doesn't get the horses trimmed on a regular basis per se (though I do have the farrier out when I want my boy's feet trimmed). I pay $40 per trim.

When I looked at a place to potentially move Reno to, the BO there said her farrier charges $30 for a trim. Depends on where you are, I guess.

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My BO is very...how did she put it...aw heck...she doesn't get the horses trimmed on a regular basis per se (though I do have the farrier out when I want my boy's feet trimmed). I pay $40 per trim.

When I looked at a place to potentially move Reno to, the BO there said her farrier charges $30 for a trim. Depends on where you are, I guess.
Also, some farriers will give a barn discount if they're doing multiple horses on the same day at the same facility. My farrier does that.
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Mine is only $25, and does a great job! Our old farrier we were paying $50 and was barley trimming a thing. When the new guy came he said when was the last time this horse had his hoofs done? It looks like 6 months. When we said 6 weeks he was so confused, either that his hoofs grow way to fast, or we had cruddy farriers. It was the cruddy farrier when he lifted his hoof and said, our farrier was just taking a rasp to the edge and said pay me now. I love our new farrier and my horse has never moved better. He said it was about the balance that was being thrown off with his toes being so long and the sides being cut short. Anyway sorry for the long answer, but I just love our new farrier!
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Do you mean every six weeks or every second month (eight-nine weeks)?
I pay $35 because I've stuck with my farrier for awhile, and because I bought my horse from her. She's since taken lots of continued education classes and seminars and I believe she charges more. With the quality work she does, and the fact that she's taken the extra initiative to learn MORE I would expect her 'current' rate for non 'special' cases is probably $45 at least. Other farriers will charge $30-35 as well, but you get what you pay for.

IMO you need to look for average + good, not the 'cheapest' or you'll have big bills in the long run. What area are you in?
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$25 per horses here in SouthWest Michigan. I think he does a great job and has made my horses VERY comfortable. Our old farrier was a very basic trim...not that he did a bad job per-say, while the new one caters to the individual horse and their needs.

He charges us $25 because our horses are super well behaved. He is even comfortable to come here and trim them if we are not home. But he does charge $30 and $35 to some people/places. One of my horses is at a trainers right now, and he is willing to travel there just for my one horse, and its quite a haul from where he lives.

I try to tip $10-$15 as well.
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Well, back home, the farrier that was trimming my mare before I bought her was charging $25 for a trim. And she was getting a $25 trim. The usual is $40, those that are "super fancy" get up to $55.

You do get what you pay for. It is unlikely you will find a great farrier for way less than the average. You do not want to skimp on hoof care.
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$35 a trim for a crap job. $45 a trim for a crap job. I now pay $80 for a trim and shoes, and he does an amazing job. And he doesn't hit my horse with his clippers either.

Sometimes cheaper isn't always better.

Make sure your farrier respects your horse, and you!!

And your horse respects the farrier..

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$35 a trim for a crap job. $45 a trim for a crap job. I now may $80 for a trim and shoes, and he does an amazing job.

Sometimes cheaper isn't always better.
That's unfortunate, but at least your horse is comfortable.

Thankfully mine does a great job too. Reno's hooves look great.

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