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post #21 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 11:36 PM
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My farrier does a really good job. I pay 20 dollars total. The BO's get their horses done for the same, and they have gone 1 year with no farrier (mostly because their hooves break off easily) And my filly is 2 and got hers done for the first time ever last month (I have only had her for 5 months) and it is no different.

You can get a really good farrier and pay a really cheap price, and you can get a bad farrier and pay a really expensive price. It is not always what you pay is what you get.
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post #22 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 11:37 PM
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When planning a 'horse budget', cheap sounds good, but isn't always best for the horse. Though we all like to try and keep costs reasonable, be careful of committing to an animal based on what you are planning the cost to be, as it often changes. Ask yourself if you are willing to spend whatever your animal needs once you commit to it :) I think that makes sense?

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post #23 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 11:38 PM
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My lease mare's farrier charges $35 a trim. He does a decent job and actually conversates without making it known he hates life (what a lot of farriers I've noticed do if they chat).

For the very few clients I have I charge $30-$40. A horse that stands great get's the $30 fee, a horse that leans and pulls is the $40 fee. If the horse is one that kicks/flips/falls over..well, that adds on $20 for everytime it's more than a yank out of my hands/legs. I often am willing to trade trims (I don't do shoes) for something of equal/similar value to friends and such. Such as..if I want an english lesson or two on my horse, I'll do a trim. Only applicable for good friends though to save on the money exchange. I'll never pay money for a lesson, but I'll trade work for it on an off day :p

That barn's farrier charges $30 for what she should owe you money on. The first hoof I trimmed looked better than all 4 on said horse, hack job. Sole does not get left higher than the wall and then rasped down as they "roll" (not a roll, a 45degree slant) the edges. I shouldn't be able to fit my fingers under a hoof, sorry.

Soo..I'm so beyond ecstatic that I can trim my own and not have to worry about getting the one farrier I truely trust (who taught me) to drive 300 miles to me, haha.
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post #24 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 11:42 PM
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I was paying $35 for a decent farrier, but I'm now paying $50 for an amazing farrier who's working along with my vet to get Henny's feet in better shape. Trust me, the extra $25 is worth it! This new farrier is great, incredibly nice, and willing to work with my schedule. Next time he comes out, he'll be helping out a couple of my friends as well.

EDIT: Not to mention he loves his job. He showed me how he shod a cow and how they drilled rods into a weanling's pastern to help it fuse after he nearly scraped it off from jumping the fence. Henny was so well behaved for him too, and he was great interacting with Henny. That's another crucial thing. You may be an amazing farrier, but you are not coming within 50 feet of my horse's hooves if you're going to get unnecessarily rough.

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post #25 of 31 Old 02-17-2013, 11:59 PM
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Cheap and good is certainly not the norm in the world of hoof care. 25 dollars doesnt pay the farriers cost today to be self employed, drive you a house, provide a service, pay for tools and wear and tear on his vehicle etc and still provide for himself continuing education, insurance, sick days and all the other things that come with self employment. Not at all. Heck, 35 probably doesnt cover it either. Havent done the math lately. This is somewhat reliant on the cost of living in your area but Im pretty rural and its pretty cheap to love here as a rule.

Also, considering "good" is subjective, I judge "good" by my personal standards of a trim that promotes hoof health. Most trims round here are either pasture trims (prepping for a shoe) or dont even recognize and address common problems found in the areas hooves, like thrush contraction under run heels etc etc and actually perpetuate these problems! Not such a good deal when your horse ends up with navicular and random soundness issues due to shoddy hoof care.

In my area, I have yet to personally witness a good, promoting hoof health educated, 25 dollar trim. Not saying it isnt out there somewhere, but if it is, I havent seen it yet.

All that said, price doesnt always reflect the real quality inside something, but its a pretty darn good measuring stick at the doorway.

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I used to pay $30 per trim, $45 for trim/front shoes, and $70 for trim/full set. Let me tell you....he was cheap for a reason. Really low prices typically mean the farrier's not spending money furthering his education.

I now pay $35 for a trim, $65 for trim+front shoes, and $100 for trim+full set....And I couldn't be happier. It's worth paying for a professional job.
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post #27 of 31 Old 02-18-2013, 12:20 AM
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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.

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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 cuz 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).
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post #29 of 31 Old 02-18-2013, 07:38 AM
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$28 a trim for my farrier here in South-Central PA. It's generally $25-45 around here depending on the farrier. I've never put shoes on my horse in the 5 years that I've owned him, so I don't know shoeing prices.
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post #30 of 31 Old 02-18-2013, 07:45 AM
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My farrier charges 19$ per barefoot trim every 4 weeks and that's a standart fee around here. Besides, she's doing a good job.

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