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post #1 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Farrier Costs?

What would one expect to spend on have two shoes (front only) and a trim for all 4 every six weeks?

What would be the cost difference if I had all 4 feet with shoes?

We are in Maryland, if that matters.
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post #2 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 01:24 PM
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I'm in MD and my farrier charges $90 for fronts only. When he was sick I called around and most other farriers were quoting me $120-$140 for fronts.

I have no idea about shoes all-around, none of my guys have those.

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post #3 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 01:29 PM
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I currently pay $98 to trim 2 horses and shoe the fronts of one. However my trainer was not happy with the last trim my horse had, too little heel and way too much toe, so I am going to use her farrier for the next one and it will be $50 for a trim, no idea on the cost of shoes.
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post #4 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 01:53 PM
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we paid ours $20 just to come out, and $25 per horse for a trim only so it was $70 for both my horses.

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post #5 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:01 PM
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I live in a completely different state, but I pay $35 for a trim, $70 for fronts(+trim) and $90 for all four(+ trim). According to other people, my farrier is one of the more expensive ones in the area.

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post #6 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:10 PM
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I am in the Gulf Coast of Texas and trims usually run $30.00 +/- and shoeing is anywhere from $85.00 to $110.00 unless it is corrective shoeing w/ pads, bar shoes, wedges, rolled toes, etc.
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post #7 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:16 PM
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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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post #8 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:28 PM
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Our Farrier is a personal friend, and he gives us a bit of a discount. His normal prices however are $80 for front shoes. I trim myself so i don't know what he prices those. However Annie needs silicone pads on all four feet, and her special kind is like $100 a foot. -.-
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post #9 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:32 PM
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My farrier lurves me, so gives me a great price on everything.


Trim with 2 front shoes--$45.00

Trim with 4 shoes--$65.00
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post #10 of 24 Old 08-11-2010, 02:40 PM
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I think I'll just keep my farrier, thank you! We pay $30/head for a trim. He has discounts for larger groups, I'm going to have to ask him how many horses it takes to get the discount. (No - I'm not going to get that many, but I'm not above having a few friends bring their horses 'round.)

I don't know what he charges for shoes - he does great work from what I understand (from other's haven't asked him about it) but he prefers that horses feet remain the way God intended them if at all possible.

Best of all, he works Saturdays - which is great for me - I'm off work and can be there. We set up our next appointment before he leaves, and try to set it up so that he's already going to be in the area, since he lives over 50 miles away.

He joked the last time he was out that he sure wished he could start at 05:30 because it was so hot. I told him that if that's when he wanted to come out, I'd just put the coffee on a little earlier. So - next time, he'll probably be out about sunup...with his coffee mug.

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