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post #1 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 06:31 PM Thread Starter
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Berdi needs a farrier - advice please!

I got my horse just over a week ago and her feet are in real bad shape. They are very long and cracking. Sooooo.... I've been phoning around to the farriers I have on my list. The first one I couldn't get through to - I think his number is out of service.

The next one I phoned said he would come out Tuesday (yesterday). So I put her in the corral all day and he didn't show up. I phoned him this morning and left a message to call me back and let me know if he can come out this week still.

I don't know what to do. He hasn't called back yet (I'm still hoping he will). If he doesn't call by tomorrow should I try to find a different farrier? She really needs her feet done! Thanks!
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post #2 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 07:28 PM
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She hasn't had regular hoof care in the past so a few extra days are going to do nothing.
You had better give this guy a chance or he will never come to your barn in the future. You called him, made an appointment, I know he didn't show but you are on his list. If you bump him off the list he will never come if you need him in future.
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Thanks for the advice! I've never owned a horse before so I don't know much about the whole farrier thing. I just found it strange him not showing up, or returning my call. He at first seemed reluctant to even tell me what day he was coming. Is this usual? I'm just wondering 'cus I may not be around every day and I kind of need to know when he's coming.
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 09:15 PM
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If anyone near you has a horse you could go and ask them who they use, if they like him/her and when (s)he will be out next.

Once you get hooked up with one that you like, be sure to stay on his rotation so you can know when to expect him.
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post #5 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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I do know a few people with horses around here. I'll check with them and see who they have as their farrier. I'm still hoping this other farrier calls back - we'll just have to see I guess!
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post #6 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 10:58 PM
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Personally, I won't give someone the time of day if they can't at least call and tell me they can't make it... I had my first farrier do this, and I won't call him again... Although in my area farriers are a dime a dozen, so dropping one for not returning phone calls isn't a big deal, there's three more willing to take his work...

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post #7 of 7 Old 04-07-2010, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Yah, it really is annoying! Especially since she really needs them done! I just don't want him showing up a week later after I've already called another farrier. Well, if I find a dependable farrier I am certainly going to stick with him!
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