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post #1 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Appreciate your Farrier thread

What things do you appreciate about your farrier?

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!
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post #2 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 01:37 AM
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Yay for good farriers! They make all the difference (:

I love my Shoer as well. Haha. Always is on time, super reasonable rates, very professional and responsible. I like him a lot.
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post #3 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 02:02 AM
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I love my farrier too! He is great with the horses, takes his time to do a good job no matter what,very particular and fussy, is honest, knowledgeable,polite,on time, phones if not, I've nver had any issues with shoes comming off, even in all the mud we have right now! Just can't say enough good about my farrier, Ifeel very lucky and blessed. I have had enough bad ones to know when I've found a gem, so we try to make sure we treat him just right. He was here today and got cold drinks and treats, and nice clean horses ready to work on. Hopefully he'll always want to come back as he is getting busier and busier.
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post #4 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Awesome to hear other peoples experiences with their farriers and what they appreciate about them. Keep them coming!
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post #5 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 12:40 PM
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My farrier is awesome, when I first adopted Hunter the barn he was at changed farriers all the time. Well when I moved him to a much better place my friend recommended one. She is awesome. The first time she came out she spent 45 mins assessing Hunter before she even touched him. His hooves were terrible due to bad trimming. His front legs were twisted because of this. She said it would take about a year to get them right. Well it has been 8 months and his hooves and legs are awesome. She is also my trainer and has helped me along with Hunter's training, worth every dime!
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post #6 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 12:53 PM
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My farrier is great! I've only been with him for about 6 months, but even after moving barns, he's always on time, extremely calm and patient with the horses, and is very friendly. He does such a great job with the girls' feet, I am so lucky to have found him.

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When I had an emergency (my horse cut off her frog really bad) I called my farrier 7 am in morning, and he was there in 50 mins or so before he headed to other horses. Cut, cleaned, wrapped, and refused to take the money (of course we forced him to take the pay as it would be ridiculous to do all of that for free!).
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post #8 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 02:41 PM Thread Starter
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^^ that's excellent! Good farriers are worth their weight in gold! Berdi's farrier just left an hour ago. Trimmed her up great, showed me how to rasp her hooves so I can keep that up and was so patient and calm with her. He charges very reasonably too at $35.
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post #9 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 07:46 PM
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I love our farrier. He's very patient with the daughter's colt, though he doesn't tolerate any nonsense. He put a "lip rope" on the colt because he was acting the fool, but never had to tighten it. Just the fact that it was there was enough to distract Junior. It was his first time getting his feet trimmed, and once he settle down, it was like he'd done it for years. (Junior is just now two years old).

Daughter's little mare is really spooky and nervous. He was very calm and patient with her. Never stopped touching her so she knew where he was all the time.

My mare is a bit cranky at times and hates having her feet messed with. He must have had the magic touch though, because she lifted her feet for him without argument. Good thing, because her feet were a mess!

Farrier is also very vocal about BYB's and their fugly studs. Especially the son in law's stud. Scooter is a very nice horse, and would make an outstanding riding horse, but not so good as a stud. Farrier told son in law in no uncertain terms that he needed to geld the horse.

It's been my experience that farrier's are superior to vets when diagnosing lameness issues. Vet thought our pony had injured her shoulder one time, because she was so lame all of a sudden. Personally, I was afraid it was founder. Farrier came out, and found a spot in her frog where something was festering out. He was able to open it just enough to pull what turned out to be a piece of wire out and flushed out the abcessed area with a strong stream of soapy water, followed by a betadine flush. He said to call the vet for some antibiotics if she didn't show some improvement in a couple of days. Pony was running around like crazy the next day (bleeding a bit, but at least the wound was draining well). We did flush it out daily, but it healed very quickly.

A good farrier is worth his weight in gold - we've been lucky that we've never had to search for one. Both our old farrier from when we had horses 20 years ago and our current one came recommended to us by multiple people.

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I adore my farrier. Did I mention that he is also my brother? LOL. He lives about 15 miles away and the only thing he charges me for is the cost of the shoes/nails. Other than that, he asks my help with his cattle occasionally. He may not be the most educated or really an expert with problem hooves (he leaves that to my Dad) but he does it well, the shoes stay on, and the horses stay sound.

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