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    12-01-2012, 03:29 PM
My horse allows me to pick up her feet and hold them up for a while. Sometimes she will try to bow at that, but I will stop her and she will allow me to hold for even longer.
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    12-01-2012, 04:05 PM
Well good. Hopefully she won't have any problems with a farrier then. My youngest is a demon to strangers but if they will correct her and put her in her place she "tolerates" them.
    12-01-2012, 05:55 PM
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Originally Posted by toosexy4myspotz    
its not a matter of "keep trying to pick up their feet" if they don't cooperate. A good farrier usually refuses a dangerous or hard to handle horse because they can and do get hurt and then they are out of work and then their clients are backed up. Most of them will do basic training and correct a horse but not if its because the owner isn't willing to train as well. If owners aren't willing then neither are good farriers. They won't come back. We pay $50 for a trim and $150 shod all the way around every five weeks for five horses but our farrier is amazing. I wouldn't go to another farrier just to save $70 on a set of shoes that looks like crap or save $30 for a half done trim. If I call my farrier with an issue he comes asap. he works as a farrier five days a week and as an engineer seven days a weeks. I don't know when he sleeps but he has done this for fifteen years and still manages to put his clients first.
Yes - I could get our girls done for a little less than what we are paying now, but it isn't worth it to me to save $20 every six weeks when the farrier we do use does great work and is there when we need him. When we brought Yahzi home last year my first call was to our farrier, because her feet were a mess and she had a nasty crack. It was December 23 and our farrier had just been out two weeks earlier to trim Aero. I called and left a message and even said in the message I was just giving him a heads up in the hopes of him coming out ASAP after the holiday - he was in our driveway at 8 o'clock the next morning, Christmas Eve, and didn't bat an eye. The quality of his work and the fact that he is there when we need him is well worth that extra $20 we pay compared to the next best option.
    12-02-2012, 05:05 AM
Re 'you get what you pay for', while I would certainly pay more & travel if need be for a good farrier, I don't think it's necessarily the case at all that you get what you pay for in this game & there are some hacks out there asking a lot.

Re the farrier being no good because he makes someone wait weeks, we don't know the full story, but we do know he's the only (known) one in the area, so I'd expect him to be pretty busy already - would you just drop existing clients if you were busy, in order to fit in a new, unknown entity?

While I think it's a very good idea for all horse owners anyway, it sounds like in your case OP, learning to trim *& most importantly, the theory behind it* may be a necessity for you. Check out the link to the thread in my signature for a start.
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    12-02-2012, 06:25 AM
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I am with Gunslinger. Get a rasp and get after it. Generally with a rasp you aren't going to take enough off to hurt them and you will be able to teach the horse to stand while someone is working on their feet.

When I got my horse, Biscuit, he wasn't used to having his feet done. His former owner would every now and then manhandle him to lop off his hooves with nippers. Yooo Haaaa. I couldn't even get Biscuit to let me pick up his feet at first. It wasn't a huge problem for trimming as he had recently been lopped off poor guy.

I took a barefoot trimming clinic with my barn buddies and invested in a top notch rasp, circular knife and nippers. I have had The Biscuit for 2 years and do his feet myself. He will let me do his feet without too much fuss...his idea of fuss is he will put his foot back down. He never gets ugly. I did his front hooves yesterday. I will say this - it is hard work and kudo's to farriers!

Get out on youtube and look at videos and read up on the internet. It is not rocket science but it does take some practice and your horse will benefit from the training til the farrier gets there. Watch him/her closely while working on your horse and learn! Good luck.

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