Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: The land of Enchantment
I do my own. And, yes, it is a bit of an investment. I originally started b/c I was the only one that could handle my mares feet safely. My then farrier and friend gave me tools and instruction (on her horse) to get started. As others have said, it isn't that hard - but it is hard work. Until I started, I had always had a professional trim my horses (barefoot for a lont time). Just like everything, there are talented and not so talented "professionals" - doing it yourself ensures they are done and attended to -to your specifications. Initially, I was not happy about having to do it myself, now I prefer to. The most difficult part, for me so far, was training my new filly to hold her feet up for extended periods of time at liberty (still in training, doing very well). You have to do that before you can "get going". Generally speaking, the owner holds the horse for the farrier. Doing it yourself (for me) requires they learn to comply at liberty. So, depending on your circumstances, there can be more work on top of just the trimming.
Way back when (before the auto), many if not most all ranchers/farmers trimmed/shod their own horses out of necessity - and they were not farriers by trade.
There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.