Changing Farriers... How to go about doing the change??
My problem is I my 5 year old mare has founder and has to be maintained every 4-5 weeks. She has been sound about 90% of the time unless it is right after a trim. I don't use shoes because the shoes were getting thrown or very loose after about 3 weeks.
I have a farrier that has been seening my horse for about 1 year now. He is a big talker and kinda thinks highly of himself. He does a great job, but sometimes I wonder if he really do what was needed. He really pays attention to the quality of the hoof and tells me if something is up. However when he trims, he hardly puts any roll on the hoof to prevent chipping of the toe. He has nearly 20 years of experience and is a trainer for the wester disipline. I will mention that he did not go to school, but like most people they train themselves and after 20 years you have a few tricks up your selves and have been around. I have always been able to get ahold of him if I leave a message. A couple of times, he did not call back until almost a week later. Plus he lives almost 25 minutes away. He charges double then most of the other farriers around just for a trim.
I just tried out another farrier to test the waters on his knowledge and see how he handles the horse. The new farrier has been trimming and shoeing horses for almost 15 years and gone to school. He actually spends some time teaching at the school with is just down the road. He listened to the history I gave on the mare and followed through with his thoughts. He did what I expected for 1/2 the price and plus he lives less than 1/2 mile down the road from the barn. I want to really give this new guy a chance and told him that I will be keeping my mare on a 4-5 week schedule.
How would you handle this???