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    04-23-2010, 01:17 PM
  #21
Foal
A google search. He had a nice website. I emailed him on a whim and he came out that day to look at my mare. I've been using him for a year. I stay with him as opposed to other good farriers, because he will come out and put thrown shoes on for free, he actually calls me back the same day, and is willing to try different things for my navicular mare.

Check out tack shops and vets first.
     
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    04-24-2010, 02:38 PM
  #22
Started
Where in INdiana are you??

I am in IL so might be able to help you some
     
    04-24-2010, 03:45 PM
  #23
Yearling
My farrier was at the barn I bought him from. My vet saw my horse at the vet check and ask what farrier did his feet because they were "as god intended" well done

Miraculously she agreed to come to our barn JUST for us, and it only costs $60 for him (barefoot trim). We got a bunch of compliments on his feet from other people and now she sees 4 other horses at our barn because she came for mine. She's a wonderful woman, great attitude around horses, easy to schedule with, reasonable prices, skill worthy of a deity title.
     
    04-24-2010, 05:10 PM
  #24
Foal
Someone at work with horses recommened him when I told them about the trouble I'd had finding a good farrier. I've been very happy with him.
     
    04-24-2010, 07:09 PM
  #25
Green Broke
Themacpack, I feel your pain! Indiana is certainly short on skilled farriers - though the crap ones are a dime a dozen. After having been through several, right now I'm using a local amish guy to do 'touch ups' every 10 weeks, while I am learning how to do it myself. I work on them every week, doing a little bit at a time and seeing how they move, and keeping a journal with photos. My horses go barefoot, so that's no doubt a big part of why I have run into quite a few crummy trim jobs - I think a lot of people just buy a set of tools and go out there with little or no experience. But even the last guy I had, which I got off the IFA website, has a good reputation, charged an arm and a leg, and Claymore had chunks breaking out off his quarters a week after the farrier trimmed him. Misty, who has NEVER had feet problems at all, started developing a flare from an overlong quarter as well! I've not been happy at all!
     
    04-24-2010, 07:48 PM
  #26
Green Broke
I lucked into mine. My friend went to see her about a saddle she had for sale and recommended that I talk to her. She knows her stuff. She did a total assessment on Hunter the first time. His front legs were all twisted because of bad farrier work and his back hooves were terrible. She says it will take about a year to totally correct but in 5 months there has been a huge difference. She also became my trainer and has done wonders with Hunter. It is really hard to find someone who is good and looks at each horse individually. I just hope she doesnt move away. YIKES!
     
    04-25-2010, 05:45 AM
  #27
Foal
I am going to give you a farriers perspective on this. I do not know too many good farriers who don't have all the work they can handle. That being said if you do happen to find one do what you can to keep them. There is a couple of things that really peeve farriers.
1. Bad facilities
2. Poorly behaved horses
3. Bad payers

The other thing that horse owners often complain about is the farrier running late. A professional farrier should not operate like this although things do happen. Often though I have been behind simply because the horse has not been caught and ready or I had been forgotten completely.

As for recommendations check for certifications but the best recommendation is usually from another farrier.

Good luck finding a good farrier

Cheers

Richard
     
    04-25-2010, 07:15 AM
  #28
Foal
I found mine on my way into work... I saw his truck in the parking lot, and my previous farrier had blown me off completely, so I called the number on the side of the truck when I got home... He doesn't do perfect work, but its not to bad either, and he's always on time, and is good with the horses, so I'm going to keep him for now... We'll see how they're doing after I start riding more for the summer again, and I may try finding someone else...
     

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