Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Spotsylvania, VA
It really depends on the farrier. The first one I had in this area was $65 for front shoes and back trim. I was quoted "at least $100 for front and back shoes). He was referred to me by a neighbor who said that he had been doing it for "a long time". It also took him 3 hours on the saddlebred I used to have, and his work was a sloppy mess. He was a call when you need him farrier. He recommended every 6 weeks, but didn't really care if you only had it done every 3 months (like the neighbor)
My current farrier who I have had for a year now charges $85/horse. He shoes all the way around with borium (for the rocky, mountainous trails we go on). It takes him about an hour to do both of my current horses. And when I first had him out, it took him all of about 20-30 mins to shoe the saddlebred. His work is very clean. He puts filler on the hoofs where he files to clinch the shoes on just to make it look better. Granted it doesn't stay on the whole time; but I always get compliments on the feet when I take them out with a new bunch of people. The current farrier has been doing it most of his life, and only goes on word-of-mouth referrals from people he currently shoes for. I got his name from a lady who works at the local TS. He has me on a set 6 week schedule. Guarantees his shoes for the 6 weeks, and will come out either the same day you call or early the next day is a shoe is thrown. I called him Friday before last at about 7 pm to tell him that Rookie had thrown a shoe. He came out a 6 am on Saturday morning to make sure that I could take him on a trail ride that I had to leave the barn by 7 am to get to.
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