I don't think i've posted anything on this forum about my Farrier issues.. lol.. but here it goes..
I had a nasty breakup with the only farrier I used here in South Carolina. When I moved my horses to my property, the woman who I was boarding with would send him to spy. I caught on, got very ticked off, and "broke up" with him.
Don't HIT ME... but that was in January =/ (Their feet werent THAT bad... they just needed reshaping. It was by no means an inhumane/neglectful situation). Anywhoo... I had a heck of a time trying to find a farrier to commit to coming and doing my horses. I couldn't even get them to return my phone calls. I had used my vet, and 3 customers as a reference for one farrier and called him every 2 days for a week before giving up.
After talking to a Co-worker who had horses in the past, he recommended a guy, and the guy set an appointment with me for Monday (today). Awesome! I actually had an appointment! Sadly, he charged $30.00 a trim, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I needed to get my horse's feet done, and the extra 5 bucks was worth it if it meant I could get a farrier out.
When he came out today, he proceeded to give me a huge training lecture about how im leading my horses wrong. He told me to "NEVER let a horse lead beside you, they have to follow 5 feet behind you or else they are leading you". Seriously. He told me that. He said Dreamer was a "gawd-awful lead and needed real work done before he could be called responsive".... Need I give a trackback to my thread?: Dreamer is so Responsive! :p
I don't know... personally I think that's a darn well responsive horse. Maybe im just arrogant or blind.
On top of that, he went ahead and grabbed Miakoda's lead rope and gave me a TRAININGSESSIONYAY!!!11one! He even HIT HER IN THE HEAD
YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!! Now im back to square one!!
!!!!!!! Now I can't catch her again
!!!!!!! AND I PAID HIM $30.00 TO DO THIS!!!
Seriously, sarcasm aside, he hit her in the head with his hand 3 solid times, and countless times after that motioned like he was going to hit her until she learned to "back off". Then he started HITTING her with the leadrope all over her body, including her face, to desensitize her. Yes, I admit, I will "toss" a leadrope over a horse to desensitize, but I know WHEN to do it, and I NEVER throw the leadrope in a malicious way. The leadrope is a tool to be used for leading. Hitting a horse with it just teaches them to fear being handled... at least in my experience. They relate the leadrope with being hit. Not a comparison I want my horses to have.
She never submitted, her lip was super tight the entire time, and when he let her go into the field she trotted away. I went to go get her a few hours ago (3 hours after he left) and I had to walk her into a corner to get her. GREAT. That's where I was 3 months ago.
Now, the other thing that really ticked me off...
He did not look at my horses feet. As soon as I lead one out, he picked up the foot and trimmed it. Maybe its just me, but if i'm paying someone $30.00, I DEMAND my horse be evaluated. Joey has a club foot. I TOLD HIM THIS.. and he just picked up the foot as soon as I brought him out and snipped away. When I started with my California farrier asked me to walk each horse past him on both sides, toward him, and away from him. Then we put the horse on a stable surface and he evaluated the angles. THEN he trimmed. Every 5 weeks when he gets the horses back he takes the shoes off, stands back and evaluates to see where he needs to go with the trim/shoe job. That's what I expect from a farrier.
Then he said how terrible all the horses looked, and how I need to give each horse 10 doses of Panacur (5 doses cost $120.00, so that's $240.00 a horse, and well over $1,000.00 to do all of them). Yes, its that time to worm them, but I'll use my Ivermectin. Its what I always use this time of year.
If I want a trainer, i'll call one. If I want a Vet, i'll call one. If I want a Farrier, I'll call one. I DON'T want my Farrier to try to be a Trainer or a Vet. Just trim my horses feet. Put your effort in "fixing" my horses into actually examining my horses feet. I will step in and offer advice if someone is doing something DANGEROUS with their horse, otherwise, i'll keep my lip buttoned. I hate how so much of the horse world is full of know it alls who can't wait to show you how much better they are than you. This guy was putting that vibe off to me. Don't down EVERYTHING about me, my horses, their care, and housing and expect me to pay you up to $150.00.
I paid $120.00 today for him to do 4 of the horses (Charity didn't need it). For that, I could have bought a rasp and nippers and a "Hoof Trimming for Dummies" DVD and learned myself. I'm sure I could learn to nip and file a horse's hoof. What I can't do is evaluate. And that's why I hire a farrier... sadly, I hired the wrong one.
Am I over-reacting here? I feel extremely insulted as a Horse Person (owner/trainer/teacher) and very ripped off for being charged $30.00 to have someone beat my horses, gripe about what a bad job i'm doing, and just blindly trim my horse's feet. Anyone else have to deal with something like this? Am I wrong for being so upset about this?
I guess I also just needed to vent. I'm secretly hoping for some support ;_; I had a bad day =/