My friend and I use the same farrier. He charges me $35 for a trim on my barefoot horse. And my friend pays about $90 for front shoes on her paint mare. My friend had a bad fall/injury (fractured back, pelvis and tailbone) and was told by doctors she couldn't ride for a while. So she decided to pull her mares shoes and wanted to see how she would do barefoot. She has owned this horse for about a year, bought from New Holland auction and had shoes on her ever since. When she starts riding again soon she will stick to light ring work which will include walk/trot in a small grass ring. She's never done any hard riding, maybe an occasional trail ride.
So when she told the farrier she wanted to pull the shoes, he got upset with her and said that her horse has soft feet and gave her a big lecture. He charged her $45 to pull them & trim. This was a few days ago. The mare doesn't seem lame or ouchy yet, even when walking across the gravel parking lot near the barn.
So my question is, do farriers charge more to pull shoes? Or did he UP the price because he was mad, and will not be making as much money from this client? And should I trust this farrier or find another one? I've only used him a few times honestly so I'm still feeling him out (My beloved long time farrier who specializes in barefoot trimming is terminally ill ) After this new guy trimmed my one gelding he lightly rasped the whole front of the hoof up to less than an inch above the coronary band (i guess to smooth it out and make it look good?) I didn't know what to say, because from what I understand you are not supposed to remove ANY natural protection of the hoof!!!