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post #11 of 24 Old 02-19-2012, 07:46 AM
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I am just starting to learn myself. I had a good farrier but just found another one who is a friend of a friend who will teach me. It may take a few years this way but I know I couldnt take off work for eight weeks to go to school.
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I worked for a barn with 200 horses for almost a year and always offered to hold the horses while he trimmed, so he sort of "apprenticed" me - I juat never quit with the questions.
I have trimmed mine if I can't get a farrier out, although the guy I have no is amazing.

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It's entirely possible though in truth I've never yet seen anything that makes me think it's a good idea or in any way beneficial to the horse.
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It's entirely possible though in truth I've never yet seen anything that makes me think it's a good idea or in any way beneficial to the horse.

If I have the same knowledge as my local natural barefoot trimmer (now I am talking not just jumping out and trimming after watching once, im talking about learning for a long time)Why would it not be a good idea or in anyway benefical to the horse?
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If I have the same knowledge as my local natural barefoot trimmer (now I am talking not just jumping out and trimming after watching once, im talking about learning for a long time)Why would it not be a good idea or in anyway benefical to the horse?
In my experience, the answer is embedded in your own question. That answer is reinforced by the price/schedule you included in your original post.

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My dad has been doing his own barefoot trimming for almost 4 years now. He had the previous farrier (personal friend) show him and explain the how, what and why of it. His horses haven't had any troubles. He has since taught me and I trim my minis. I still ride with shoes on my gelding and that I leave to the pros.
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My dad has been doing his own barefoot trimming for almost 4 years now. He had the previous farrier (personal friend) show him and explain the how, what and why of it. His horses haven't had any troubles. He has since taught me and I trim my minis. I still ride with shoes on my gelding and that I leave to the pros.

Great to hear there are quite a few "owners" who trim. There is never a time I would take a nail and hammer to my horses hoof, atleast on purpose. I leave the shoes to the pro's as well
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Back in the old days, everybody trimmed and shod their own horses. Especially back in the Depression era when no one could afford to hire it done. My great grandfather always took care of his horses' feet himself. He just grew up doing it.

I don't see why you couldn't do it yourself, as long as you know what you're doing. My old farrier told me that doing an unpaid apprenticeship is better than going to school for it. I guess that would depend on who you learn from.
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I shoe my own horses and for the first two years I didn't do a very good job. If I took pictures of the same horses feet you would think that they belonged to four different horses and had been shod by four different handicapped monkeys. As I did more of it I got considerably better and now I still do my own because I can do as good a job as any farrier I can afford.

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If it were a simple job, and the horse had no 'externals' so to speak and needed any particular attention- why not?

But then again I think my farrier, and all in DE, spend 4years apprenticed to a farrier before they're allowed to go out on their own, and there is a reason for that ;) They work hard to become a farrier, a lot of training and money, as Mark clearly said, so I would prefer to pay my €120 for four shoes than mess it up myself aha!
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