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post #21 of 31 Old 09-11-2011, 03:03 PM
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Best farriers I've had are the two I have now. One because she was so great at helping with my horses transition from shod to unshod (my horses as always been purchased younger and never shod). She was great helping get my mare through the transition. She's no local, but knew the stable owner and was glad to make a trip each month to get things right with my mare.
Then came the long haul of getting her feet toughened, but for me it's worth the timeis takes, so that I can ultimately ride on any terrain.

The other guy is local and very patient. Not a problem with my girls, but he is very patient with horses that don't like their feet worked on. For mine does a lovely job of leaving them a level natural foot complete with the roll (not they call it a Mustang roll, but we didn't have a fancy name for it 40 years ago when I started having horses).

In the end I guess a good farrier is one that gives you what you want and keeps your horses feet always healthy. No horse I've owned has ever had so much as a sore foot no matter where we rode, so I can't complain about any of my trimmers.
So I guess that what to look for. A healthy, happy horse, with never a foot problem no matter what you want to do with them.
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post #22 of 31 Old 09-12-2011, 11:52 AM
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Really, if we all regularly worked with our horses' feet then they would behave better for the farriers. THAT was the one thing that I didn't do enough of with my older herd. I had a QH that leaned on my farrier's back, 2 that would pull away their back feet away. Just NOT the perfect manners that they displayed under saddle.
It's kinda like bringing your kid's to the Dr"s office and they take books out and leave them scattered, or pull the kleenex out--generally act irritating. It's hard to expect your farrier to do ALL of your hoof training for you.
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post #23 of 31 Old 09-14-2011, 03:37 PM
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Just read this, and I thought it might help:
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post #24 of 31 Old 09-15-2011, 01:36 AM
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One of my friends used to Farrier my horses feet for $20 a trim, Him and I didn't agree on our training and methods, but my goodness He was great with Mayder and took his time at Mayder's pace and was great with him for Mayder's personality (He's the kind that likes to look at the farrier when he's working and sniff him, but never bites)

On the other hand the barns farrier is VERY VERY talented and good at what he does, and I used him to start doing his feet cause I just don't really talk to the kid anymore since we graduated high school he's a bit more costly ($40) but he did a good job on his fit, on the other hand as well- he does it for a living, not just because i'm his friend so he does hundreds a horses a week- so he's not so patient when it goes to friendly horse. My friend took an hour to do Mayders feet, cause he took his time with him- the other farrier took two hours to do 5 horses feet. lol.

If you have show horses- a farrier that sees the horse being worked and understands the horses movments just as much as a trainer would and works with the horses owner and/or trainer to get the best reaction and comfort of the horse, the show farrier had a slightly lame horse and watched him being ridden and worked (yes he was worked while lame) but this farrier is a godsent and I saw the before and after and the horse looked amazingly better as if he had no issues withthe corrective shoeing to make him more comfortable. He on the other hand is more in the price range of $150 min. a set or more.
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post #25 of 31 Old 09-21-2011, 11:09 AM
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How a horses feet should look is veery complicated to explain. If you take some pics there are some insanely knowledgable people on he who can help out with how the job looks.

A farriers behavior is incredibly importNt how do they handle when the horse plays up. Give them a run down of your horses history to help out. I've seen so many people complain about the farrier disciplining their horse too much considering this horse is worried about something. Any good or bad experiences helps to know.
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post #26 of 31 Old 09-21-2011, 11:59 AM
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I have the best farrier there possibly is, I worship the ground that man walks on & so do all of his clients. When you feel that way about your farrier, you know you got a keeper.

@Waresbear - I feel EXACTLY the same way about my farrier! LOL

To me, the trim is the most important thing about a farrier. Make sure he doesn't leave your mare with a long toe and low heel - if he does, NEVER let him touch your horse again!

My farrier is incredibly busy (always a good sign), so he can sometimes be a little hard to get. Other than that, I love everything about him. He is willing to take his time when it's necessary, and is gentle but firm with misbehaving horses. My horse used to give my former farrier a hell of a time by pulling his foot away while it was on the stand, or generally pretending like he couldn't bare to stand on three feet. When he tried that with Nathan (the first time he trimmed him), he just grabbed his foot while it was still in the air and gently placed it right back on the stand. Apparently that was the perfect approach, because Percy never did it again. LOL
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post #27 of 31 Old 09-24-2011, 08:23 PM
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I say by how he treats your horse. If she gets scared or nervous and he gets on to her for it or pops her instead of comforting. Thats a big NO. On the other hand, if your horse is trying to be mean and hurt him thats a different story. Also by how sound your horse is OF COURSE.
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post #28 of 31 Old 09-25-2011, 10:20 PM
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I think our horses picked our farrier. They responded sooo much better to him than any other farrier we had before. They never showed any soreness afterwards. When our horse, Twister, got hurt in his front shoulder we thought it might be in his hoof. We had the farrier out and he said it was in the shoulder, not the hoof. We had 3 seperate vets (in 3 different counties) look at him. When they found out who our farrier was, they all asked what he thought it would be and if he had any suggestions. Once they found out he said it was not in the hoof, they never mentioned the hoof again. (It came back as muscle atrophy/nerve damage). I think word of mouth from other horse owners and vets would be able to tell who the good farriers are.

If it's worth keeping, it's worth taking care of.
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post #29 of 31 Old 09-26-2011, 07:53 AM
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Finding a good Farrier can be tricky, I always judge them on the way they treat the horse.

It's important they're easy to contact and very reliable regarding calling when they say they will.

has a good understanding of my horses hooves and is kind when shoeing them (he doesnt belt them in the ribs if they dont stand - which unfortuantely Ive seen many farriers do)
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post #30 of 31 Old 10-07-2011, 11:22 PM
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How much should you rely on a farrier to assess possible hoof problems? I feel as though my farrier is fairly knowledgeable, but I am slightly skeptical on just taking their word for it. Do they typically know how to establish whether or not there is a problem and trim accordingly, or should you rely on vet assessment?
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