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    01-14-2011, 06:48 PM
I went through several farriers before finding the one I use now. He is sometimes late - but he always shows up if scheduled.
And I do a barefoot trim - which is different than a regular trim. - So we don't have to "schedule" per se. It's just automatic. Every 3rd thursday of the month.
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    01-14-2011, 08:15 PM
I've had a few really bad farriers in the past. Some wouldn't call me back, would show up an hour late without calling, leave without finishing a trim, or would hit and yell at my horse. Granted, my horse was misbehaving (it is MY job to train my horse, not the farrier), but that experience was so traumatic for him that he had to be sedated to get his feet trimmed for the next year.

I've finally found a good farrier who is on time, does a good job, and has reasonable pricing. She helped me get one of my horses over his fear of the farrier, and now all of my horses get excited when they see her coming!
    01-14-2011, 09:06 PM
I feel your pain. I am in TN and there are lots of farriers down here that either don't answer their phone ever or they have a lame excuse. I had one that I called and he was at a show in kentucky.....ummm, we had this appointment set up 4 wks in advance and had double checked a week before. I never got a call to let me know anything changed. I was standing in the barn with my horse all nicely stalled and clean when I finally got ahold of him.
In all honesty, I had to trial and error. I used some that other horse people recommended just to find out that they were ALWAYS late, did bad jobs, punched my horse, ect. Basically a lot of inexcusable things. I have a horse that has foundered in all four feet so maintenance is key for me and it gets frustrating to keep having to chase farriers around. Finally have a good one though. Just keep at it and talk to a few horse people to see if they have any suggestions. Try to see the horses the farrier has trimmed before as well. If possible you can ask for any past experience...ie schooling, apprenticeship, hands on. Good luck.
    01-14-2011, 09:14 PM
The farrier my barn hires is amazing! The BO has been working with him for almost 20 years. He has the most amazing patients ever, my horse used to be the biggest *itch to him (i know my fault, but its fixed now :)) she would rear, freak out, and just be really pissy and I think he may have smacked her once. One time throughout the year it took us to fix her farrier problems. This included times where she pulled her foot from his hand while he was nailing the shoe and he got scratched by the nails, knocking him into stall doors, etc.

The best part is, he doesnt hate me! Haha. We even joke about it now, saying that he'll charge me twice as much if im the one holding her. (turns out my nervousness at her freaking out would make her freak out more..)

He (almost) always shows up on time and he does an excellent job with their feet. My horse has never lost a shoe with him.
    01-14-2011, 11:45 PM
Farriers know their services are in big demand, so some of them have become divas!
    01-15-2011, 12:10 AM
Originally Posted by HopalongCassidy    
IF anyone lives around Arkansas and need a farrier just PM me cause this farrier is good. He lives in Elkins and we live in West Fork so he may travel farther. And Rowensgirl you might get lucky to have my farrier cause he want to sell his place so he can move to his ranch in Kansas.
Well that's handy!!! Do you happen to know whereabouts in Kansas?

UPDATE! I messaged my husband's aunt who uses the same farrier as me, to ask if said farrier was still alive and trimming their horses....and she is! She said she responds faster if I text her. Lol
So I did, and wow, like, 10 minutes later, A REPLY!!!!!! I don't know why that works better than a VOICEMAIL. But whatev! Works for me!
She's coming out tomorrow at 1. While I'm visiting my friend two hours away. Of course. I made SURE my mother-in-law knows to go ahead and schedule another appointment even though I'm not there......
I'm really glad she got back to me FINALLY. My farrier is really great, she's smart and good with the horses, and treats all my aunt-in-law's problem feet horses with excellent results, so I would've HATED to have to find someone else just because she sucks at organization :P

Farrier work is so hard! I'm amazed that anyone, much less a woman, really wants to do it for any length of time, I'm inclined to agree that we pamper them if they deserve it, even if they DO act a little diva at times.....;)
    01-15-2011, 12:20 AM
Me and my farrier are constantly playing phone tag, but she is very reliable. We usually pre-book farrier visits to avoid the constant phone calling lol.
    01-15-2011, 03:36 AM
Green Broke
I love my farrier... mostly because he's our jumping instructor too, and he lives on the property lol
    01-15-2011, 07:47 AM
Speaking of farriers...The one that comes to do all of the riding school ponies hooves actually beats them up! I have seen him kick the heck out of someones horse! I don't think he seen me or he would not have done it...Then the other day I heard him kicking one of the school ponies. I knew because the pony had a rug on. The noise was terrible. He definitely did not see me then. He never does it when the owner is around. He actually nearly got a kick from a pony who never ever kicks because he was being horrible to it...I wonder if the owner of the riding school knows :/
    01-15-2011, 09:56 AM
My farrier always calls me back and I only have two horses. If she is avoiding you because you only have one horse, she should have the decency to tell you that she doesn't want to care for your horse anymore, it's rude and unprofessional to do what she's doing. Ditch her and get someone else!

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