Originally Posted by Missy May
I once went through 11 different farriers in the span of 5 years. Their prices ranged from 25 to 55 per trim at the time. The best job was 25. I have/had never had a horse go lame, and I didn't intend to start. I am picky about trim jobs. But I can tell you from that experience, you do NOT always get what you pay for. And, it wasn't just the trim that determined my approval, it was also how they handled my horses. At the time, I did not have a horse that wasn't well behaved when it came to working w their feet. If a farrier doesn't consider the horse - I do not want them on my property.
I agree wholeheartedly with this!
My current farrier was my farrier with my old gelding. Did corrective shoes on him (his old owner's farrier was a moron) and then we switched him to barefoot once he was ready for it. Never had a problem. I remember the day I called him to ask him to come out ad trim Aires for the first time. Hadn't talked to him in quite some time and said "Hey. I have a 2yo stud colt who hasn't had his feet touched in a year that I just bought and he needs a trim. I'm working on him picking up his feet. Can you come do him when you do C's (my best friend) mare?" He didn't even hesitate, just said sure and confirmed the date and time. He showed up and we rodeoed Aires first trim (he didn't like men). He would pick up Aires' feet every time he came to the barn after that, whether he needed a trim or not. He's my $35/trim farrier.
Then, twice I had to use the barn farrier because my farrier lost all his clients but me at our barn and wouldn't come out anymore (we were WAY out of the way for one horse). I thought Aires would be better for her because she's a woman. First time she trimmed him, she took an hour and a half to do a simple trim! Aires was 3 and had only been trimmed a handful of times, plus I had just had surgery on my shoulder three days before and *technically* shouldn't have been holding him, but my best friend had broken her wrist and there was no one else. She made me put a stud chain on him because he was a little fidgety after the first 20 minutes (mind you, old farrier never took more than 20-25 minutes to so a simple trim). He never tried to kick her, just didn't want to stand still. The second time I had her trim him, I couldn't be there and she made my best friend tranquilize him before she'd even look at him. She charged me $45 and her trims were really no better than my old farrier.
Needless to say, I was ecstatic when I found out that my old farrier is the barn farrier at my new barn and lives within sight of the property!! I don't care how much it costs me, just me understanding of my horse and willing to work with him. (I do know that my old farrier would have said "He** no!" to anyone but me if they called him with an in handled 2yo stud colt, though...he told me as much...however, he knows that I'll work with my horse until he's where he should be). Posted via Mobile Device