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        07-01-2009, 11:00 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    The horse will tell you what it needs. Either shoes or no shoes. Too many people push their beliefs on the horse. People who want the horse to be barefoot but the horse shouldnt' be.

    The horse is the best indicator on what should be done.
         
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        07-01-2009, 11:03 PM
      #12
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Equestriun    
    'Eh I ride 4 times a week and before this recent trim Gunthers feet were in amazing shape. You have to be cautious about who the farrier is too, some will lie about a horse needing shoes, they get more profit. You might think your farrier knows best but it always helps to know what your looking at and to get second opinions.
    I don't think he's scalping me since one of them has no feet. I don't know much about horse hooves.. but I have to say my gelding's are pretty hot.


    HAHA at saying no feet..
         
        07-01-2009, 11:07 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Equestriun    
    'Eh I ride 4 times a week and before this recent trim Gunthers feet were in amazing shape. You have to be cautious about who the farrier is too, some will lie about a horse needing shoes, they get more profit. You might think your farrier knows best but it always helps to know what your looking at and to get second opinions.
    I think that's a bit insulting to farriers. That so called profit isn't very much of one at all when you consider what they have to pay for supplies and gas. I think most farriers do what is best for the horse.
         
        07-02-2009, 12:57 AM
      #14
    Started
    Solon, In no way am I saying that ALL farriers are like that, just like in the horse world you will always have a person trying to slip something over on you when your buying a horse, you will have farriers that will do that.

    When I was friends with a girl at my barn her uncle was the local farrier, VERY respected and well known by everyone. I heard him talking one night over cards and beer and he was laughing and making fun of all the owners he pretty much took advantage of.

    I'm not trying to make all farriers look bad but you have to know they're out there. You can't live your life thinking their are no bad guys in this world. ESP in the horse world.
         
        07-02-2009, 01:00 AM
      #15
    Green Broke
    I've never experienced that. Guess I have been lucky.
         
        07-02-2009, 01:13 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I have 8 horses and in Hungary none of them are shod. The same cannot be said of the same 8 in the UK - at least 3 would have shoes on with the rest having a sharp eye kept on their feet . The farrier I get advice from ( I barefoot my own with advice ) will tell you that climate has a lot to do with a horse needing shoes or not.
    Hungary is mostly a warmer drier climate than the UK - the UK has rain almost every week - Hungary can sometimes go for 2 months without any, so the horses feet in HU have less moisture in them and are as hard as nails.
    Barefoot Vs shoes is a bit unfair as much depends on climate / horse / work ethic - so both are good in my opinion depending on circumstances
         
        07-02-2009, 11:41 AM
      #17
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Solon    
    I've never experienced that. Guess I have been lucky.
    Well, to be fair, you wouldn't know. That's the point. Not that I'm saying it happens!
         
        07-02-2009, 11:43 AM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Actually you would know. It's easy based on the regular prices that everyone charges. They are all pretty similar in this area. Now if someone was charging a considerable amount more than the going rate of the area, you'd be asking why.

    Farriers will increase their rates based on things like gas, but normally they are within a specific range.

    So, yes, you would very likely know.
         
        07-02-2009, 11:45 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Solon    
    Actually you would know. It's easy based on the regular prices that everyone charges. They are all pretty similar in this area. Now if someone was charging a considerable amount more than the going rate of the area, you'd be asking why.

    Farriers will increase their rates based on things like gas, but normally they are within a specific range.

    So, yes, you would very likely know.
    Okayyy sorry. Forget it.
         
        07-02-2009, 11:47 AM
      #20
    Green Broke
    I'm just saying that the going rate around here for trimming is 35-45 dollars. If someone was charging way more than that, you should be asking questions. Same with shoeing. It's not that hard to figure it out.
         

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