Originally Posted by Indyhorse
It's a good idea to always be there when you horse's feet are being trimmed/shod. It's easy when you are boarding to slack off this responsibility, but you miss out on both being able to accurately pass on important information to your farrier (like the fact your horse over-reaches) as well as miss out on any important details about the trim or things your farrier can teach you about your horses feet. BO's are busy and don't always make this communication a priority - nor is it their responsibility to. Make a point to always be attending your own horse for ANY farrier or vet appointment.
I am going to partly disagree here.
The majority of my boarders have never met their farrier. They choose to use the barn farrier and he comes every other Tuesday morning.
Our farrier will watch a horse move prior to even picking up a hoof. He introduces himself to the horse, looks him over and then starts his job.
Too many newbie horse owners out there think they should tell the farrier (and vet, trainer, barn owner, etc) how to correctly care for their horse. There are cases when information needs to be communicated but a good farrier can access the situation and adjust accordingly.
In fact our farrier perfers several of the owners to NOT be there. When "Pookie" acts up, owner says 'no no' and Pookie proceeds to become more naughty. BO growls QUIT and Pookie does so - RFN. At $35 a trim, it's so not worth an idiot horse hurting my wonderful farrier.