I'll start. I got my horse Berdi three months ago. When I got her, her feet were cracking and her bars on her right hind foot had fallen and she was in serious danger of navicular.
I called one farrier who said he would come out one of the days the next week. He told me a day and that was it. So I put Berdi in the corral and left her corraled all day. He never came! I called him the next day and I just got the answering machine. I left a message but he never called back.
The next one I phoned, told me that it was too far for him to come for one horse. I understood that and at least he let me know that he wouldn't be able to do it.
Finally I found someone! He lives the farthest of all of them being 2 hours away! However he has parents that live near, so he stays with them when he does horses in this area.
When I called him, he set an appointment for as early as he could so she wouldn't have to wait any longer than necessary (with her bad feet). We discussed the day, time, what Berdi was like with her feet, breed and all. I was impressed! He also said he would call if he was delayed at all. He was on time and did a wonderful job with her feet. He took his time and was very gentle and patient with her.
He is coming tomorrow to do her hooves again and I love the feeling of having a reliable farrier. Berdi does too!!
If anyone in Alberta is interested in his name and phone number, I'd be happy to pm it to you. He is in the Androssan area.
So post your experiences and appreciation of your farrier!