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post #1 of 5 Old 04-30-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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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???
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Simple solution - do not schedule another appointment with the old farrier.
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Are you on a pre-set schedule with the old farrier? If so, then you will need to let him know that you are not going to need his services anymore. If not, just don't call him for the next appointment.
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-30-2010, 04:11 PM
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Simple solution - do not schedule another appointment with the old farrier.
Works for me.

If you are worried about burning bridges - call the other farrier and tell him you would like to try something new with your horse. Thank him for what he has done in the past and you will call him if you need him in the future.

End of story.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-01-2010, 07:57 PM
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Works for me.

If you are worried about burning bridges - call the other farrier and tell him you would like to try something new with your horse. Thank him for what he has done in the past and you will call him if you need him in the future.

End of story.

Agreed. It's not always easy to let someone know you'll no longer be needing their services, but you have to think about what's best for both you and your horse. It sounds like this new farrier is a great farrier and I would definitely stick with him instead of your old one.

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