Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Gloomy Indianapolis
I have found that another good indicator for a good farrier is the fact that they are very busy and hard to get, when they have a lot of customers that swear by them and won't use anyone else, that usually means they're good!
One word of caution, you can't always trust a referral. My bf used a farrier referred to him by a neighbor before we started dating. He is new to horses and didn't know what to look for. Well, WAY too much toe, no heel, and a crack that is almost all of the way to the coronet band. Thankfully it's healing well, but it could have been a very bad thing. When he asked the farrier about the crack he said, "Oh, that's no big deal, we'll just put a shoe on it."
I applaud you for doing the research and arming yourself with the information you need to keep your baby girl happy and healthy!