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        04-21-2010, 05:17 PM
    My vet recommended my most recent one, and he's really great. =]
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        04-21-2010, 10:40 PM
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    My farrier and my vet are best buddies. It's really nice because they both recommend eachother and they each know different aspects about the horse to make for more complete horse care. If the vet notices something funky about the hoof, the farrier will fix it with a certain shoe or angle. It's great!

    My farrier is going to be one of the official farriers at the WEG's!
        04-21-2010, 11:16 PM
    In the 80's I was sick of the poor work, the lost shoes so I started shoing myself and haven't looked back. Back then I ran 3 endurance horses and lost shoes were the norm. Being handy, a strong back and knowing what I wanted I just started shoing. One thing lead to another and I ended up with a whole bunch of people I would shoe for.

    The most popular guy doesn't mean the best work. Most people wouldn't know a good job from a bad job.
        04-22-2010, 02:23 AM
    Rios, I agree. I wasn't looking for the most popular, but after getting so many reccommendations I tried him, and love him. If he wasn't married I'd snatch him up! He is firm but kind with my horses. Very very few farriers will touch drafts at all. My perch I've trained to rest his foot in a hoof stand and he pretty much falls asleep. But it was a real struggle to find anyone that would do drafts, let alone a good job.
        04-22-2010, 10:07 AM
    Nelson had a Farrier because he was the "families and friend's" Farrier. So Nelson ended up having the same guy.

    I didn't know much about angles and blood flow at the time and trimming in accordance to the horses conformation - so the work that was being done, I had no idea was not good.

    Nelson had long toes, under ran heels, no blood flow, thin soles, lost shoes constantly leaving big holes and cracks in his wall - but I just kept using him and believed what he told me everytime I brought it up "that's just how he is made"

    Until one day where he lost another shoe, and my *at that time Farrier* couldn't make it out because he was out of state on a holiday. So my MIL called her friends son and asked if he could come out and put a new shoe on, and he agree'd.

    He showed up and was astounded at the shape of Nelson's feet, and was in shock of his angles and lack of blood flow.

    So he became my new Farrier. He spent a whole winter doing corrective shoeing on him, and finally - just this month, he was able to get Nelson to the angles he needs to be.

    He's my Farrier now, and I wont go back or look elsewhere because he does a phenominal job and knows his work.

    Nelson now, has short toes, he actually has HEELS, and his soles are actually hard! His shoes actually stay on, and his movement has improved greatly.

    Before, he didn't trust his heels, so he moved alot on his toes, which limited his movement. Now, that he can use his whole foot for movement, he's improved in his gaits.

    I have learnt so much from him as well :)
        04-22-2010, 12:56 PM
    Actually in my case my current farrier found me. I tried 2 (both recommended to me) and trim was bad ( I did study books and videos so it's not a blank statement). So I run into this guy when I was taking a lesson, and he said right away toes are very long (and it was just 2 weeks after the last trim). Since I was completely agree and was thinking about changing to someone else I asked him to do the trim right there. So far he's trimming my horses for almost 2 years.

    So the bottom line the references are the great thing, but often people don't even know what the good/bad trim and/or shoeing is. So I'd still go with the references, but also do some research on trimming and such, and if you don't like what the farrier does - switch to the next one.
        04-22-2010, 01:22 PM
    I'd ask your Vet. I lucked out, my Vet is married to my Farrier
        04-22-2010, 10:51 PM
    Interesting thread! I'm in the market for a new one and my first try is going to be a recommendation from my vet :) I found my VET by polling people around the barn and I love him!
        04-22-2010, 11:01 PM
    My neighbor is my farrier!lol
    A feed/tack store is a good place to try! :) Good Luck!
        04-23-2010, 02:52 AM
    Makes me glad some of the farriers I grew up around, taught me how to trim... I don't shoe, so that's not a problem; I prefer bare, and have never had a horse who "needed" to have shoes, no matter what terrain I rode. Even my white hooved horses have all had tough feet.

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