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.