I agree with you 100 percent. I tell my customers with those issues to call the farrier that does that.
I don't consider a lot of the examples I listed to represent "issues". Most are just basic horseshoeing.
I used to hot shoe and firmly believed that was the only way to go.
Unless circumstance dictates otherwise, it is the way to go.
But the past few years in my area anyways people does not want to even pay for regular keg shoes much less corrective.
Horses need what they need. The owners ability to afford their hobby is not my concern. Someone has to be the advocate for the horse.
I am almost ready to give up the anvil completely and just trim.
I make a greater income per hour trimming than I do shoeing. So do most farriers. I shoe horses because some of them need more than just a trim to remain sound and meet their owners performance expectations.
The problem with "just trimming" is that if the horses needs or owners expectations demand more, you're stuck... and so is the horse.
I know it doesn't make sense but when I tell a customer what's wrong with their horses feet and what needs to be done, the first thing they ask is how much?
Sure they do. Same as just about any other trade. I provide a cost estimate and it becomes the owners decision as to what they will pay for. I didn't tell them to acquire a horse and am not responsible for the cost of husbandry. I am responsible for running my business in a manner that will assure I am still in business tomorrow. That means that my prices reflect the cost of running the business plus a reasonable profit.
I understand that many owners are looking for the cheapest farrier they can find. I just don't want to be that farrier. I've seen his work; I know what he invests in continuing education, equipment, insurance, association fees, paying his fair share of taxes, etc. Nope, not gonna be that guy and owners soon learn that "you get what you pay for".
I don't want to lower my prices on shoeing nor do I want to fix their horse for little or no money.
And if farriers would set their fee schedule in a manner that reflects their true business cost, you wouldn't have to lower your prices. I'm not in this as a sideline to earn beer money and it's not my job to subsidize someone elses hobby. It's a business. Run it as such and don't worry about the weekend backyard iron hanger. He's not your competition and you probably don't want his customers.