Originally Posted by Anvil
I don't know why you would want to soak the horse's hoofs before a shoeing other than making the foot soft.
Yeah, I was wondering about that, too. My "Corporal's" (1982-2009, RIP, Arabian) feet were so hard I felt stupid sometimes getting him shod (for vacations in the Rockies, primarily). I have never had a farrier ask me to soak a horses feet. In fact, just soaking in water should dry them out some. Ever do a lot of dishes...daily...like ME?!?!? My hands are ALWAYS dried out even if I'm only scrubbing the algae out of my chicken's waterers. Most horses have better feet in a drought than turned out in a rainy season.
ALso, my little Amish farrier charges me $19/trim/horse, but $40.00/straight shoeing IF I transport to his barn, more if he travels to my house. That price is meager. Is your farrier just starting his practice? Did you get any referrals before hiring him? Does he come with the "stable" where you keep your horse?
Certainly NOT trying to bash on him, since he don't have enough farriers practicing. I agree with the previous post re: sound feet after trimming/shoeing.