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post #11 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 10:07 PM
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In the three years I've had Ricci, I've had four farriers. The first one got the boot way fast. He was dirt cheap with dirt poor work.

My next one I had for a little over a year. She got rid of the crack that the previos farrier could never do anything with, and she had been perfectly fine with her feet the whole time. I stopped using her because she got a little crazy and very unreliable. Sorry, I'm not waiting at the barn for three hours for anyone.

Then I used a gal who was very nice and personable, she was doing alright, but I didn't feel she was taking enough off. I swear she only trimmed the tiniest bit off. When Ricci came up lame, I had the vet look at her. He said her toes were so long and her heel so non-existant that she was putting a lot of strain on the soft tissue in her hooves.

He gave me the number of a farrier, and so far, I've used this guy twice and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE him! He had his assistant hold Ricci while he showed me and explained exactly what he was doing and why it helped. He explained the x-rays of her feet to me. He's so knowledgable, he's so sweet, he'll re-set a pair of shoes at a lower cost, AND he even sweeps up his mess. I don't know anyone with a farrier who will sweep up. =] His only downfall is he's so expensive [$125 for a full shoe - although he doesn't charge me extra for the natural balance - and $45 for a trim]. Maybe it's normal for some areas/people, but I was paying $90-95 for a full shoe, $35-40 for a trim. BUT, he's worth it. Next time, I'm going to bake him cookies. =D

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-27-2010, 10:34 PM
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I appreciate my farrier for puttin up with my pony that kicks, my pony who spooks at his truck, my horses with horrid feet, and just putting up with the other guy. Thanks Roy!
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-28-2010, 08:02 AM
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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.
That's very convenient, smrobs. I wish I'd be married to the farrier! (or the vet! )
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-28-2010, 08:21 AM
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I would like to add a post in honour of my farrier back home. He was always on time, shod my horses to perfection each and every time, was friendly, courteous and gentle always. He was an excellent farrier and shod horses for Lee Freedman including Makybe Diva for her 2004 Australian Cup win!

My only gripe was that he wouldn't bring me a Makybe Diva horse shoe as a momento, even though she is my favourite racehorse in the world! Something about 'saving them for my children'......whatever!!

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post #15 of 16 Old 06-28-2010, 08:39 AM
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I've got two awesome farriers I can call up whenever I need help. They're brothers, and they both do an awesome job – even when my horse is being stubborn. I can ask them tons of questions and they'll be willing to answer and help me out, which is great.
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-28-2010, 10:27 AM
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In the three years I've had Ricci, I've had four farriers. The first one got the boot way fast. He was dirt cheap with dirt poor work.

My next one I had for a little over a year. She got rid of the crack that the previos farrier could never do anything with, and she had been perfectly fine with her feet the whole time. I stopped using her because she got a little crazy and very unreliable. Sorry, I'm not waiting at the barn for three hours for anyone.

Then I used a gal who was very nice and personable, she was doing alright, but I didn't feel she was taking enough off. I swear she only trimmed the tiniest bit off. When Ricci came up lame, I had the vet look at her. He said her toes were so long and her heel so non-existant that she was putting a lot of strain on the soft tissue in her hooves.

He gave me the number of a farrier, and so far, I've used this guy twice and I just LOVE LOVE LOVE him! He had his assistant hold Ricci while he showed me and explained exactly what he was doing and why it helped. He explained the x-rays of her feet to me. He's so knowledgable, he's so sweet, he'll re-set a pair of shoes at a lower cost, AND he even sweeps up his mess. I don't know anyone with a farrier who will sweep up. =] His only downfall is he's so expensive [$125 for a full shoe - although he doesn't charge me extra for the natural balance - and $45 for a trim]. Maybe it's normal for some areas/people, but I was paying $90-95 for a full shoe, $35-40 for a trim. BUT, he's worth it. Next time, I'm going to bake him cookies. =D

My farrier always sweeps up after a trim> I was shocked the first time she did it.
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