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.