[quote=yadlim;1419500]My Shire mare used to need eggbar shoes... the farrier would show up, start up his forge and start with a straight rod of iron. It would take him three or four hours between starting the forge and my mare walking away in front eggbars. [quote]
Four hours seems excessive, even with handmades. In example; AFA CJF certification requires a full trim; handmade fronts and hinds, clipped all around, fitted, nailed up and finished to spec. Time limit is 2 hours.
Eggbars are tougher to make (welding heat). I'd guess about 2 hours, maybe 2 and quarter for the whole job.
The only part I didn't like was the smell. One time he had wrenched his back and I was the one holding her feet for him. When he burned that shoe on I got a face full of smoke that would gag a maggot.
Smells like money!
Sorry... bad farrier joke. It should smell like burning hair.
My current gelding, who is a light horse, just needs front shoes without any complications. He gets cold shoes that take maybe twenty mintues total time.
AFA CF practical exam. Trim two feet, apply two keg shoes, no clips. Time limit is 60 minutes and a large percentage of candidates fail on the first try. Most common fail reason is going over time. It took me 57 minutes, hot shaped and hot fit (not required). If I had done it cold, I might have shaved 15 minutes off that time. Either way, to pass this test you WILL hussle!
If your farrier is doing a full trim and a pair of kegs nailed up in 1/3 the time it takes someone to pass the AFA CF exam, it begs the question... how many shortcuts is he/she taking.
Cost for hand made eggbars fronts only - $350
Price varies around the country but this strikes me as well on the high side. I price a half set, handmade bars at $145.
Cost for bought cold shoes, fronts only - $65
$85 for a half set of kegs; hot shaped and fit. Same money for cold work. Basic mods (clips, rolled, rockered, etc) included in price. I need an hour to an hour twenty to do it right. Travel distance outside my work area will add a trip fee.
And no, though I flinched everytime I wrote that check every ten weeks, she got her hot shoes.
I like your attitude.