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post #1 of 23 Old 01-03-2011, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question What to do about a farrier who isn't triming the horses' hooves right?

I have two minis.. they don't need to be shoed.
But one of them [starlight] only needs the farrier once a year. But Cookies [other mini] needs the farrier I think every four months..
Any way Coookie has what the farrier says is like pigeon toe in horses. I forget what he called it in horses.. So he gets trimed a little more on one side to even his hooves out.

So the promlem here is that the farrrier does not come when we set up an apointment. He comes about ever six months.. but we need hinm to come more often. Plus when he does come, he doesn't trim the horses hooves well.. And then.. while he trims Cookie up.. He makes me and my sister watch his six-year-old twins..... So as you can see... he gets the better part of the deal.

Now, I know that if he doesn't trim the hooves correctly and doesn't come on time the horse is more likely to get arthritis, plus then I can't cart him or do much grondwork. So, we need a new farrier.


But the promlem now is that.. His wife is sick with lots of stuff.. he needs the money to pay for all the many treaments.. while his has to take care of his twins on his own...

He is also our vet and horse neibor's friend so we can't get rid of him....

But we really need a new farrier for our horses' sake.

What to do??!?!??!
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post #2 of 23 Old 01-03-2011, 01:21 PM
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Get a new farrier. Sorry, but his wife's medical bills and his children are not your responsibility. Maybe have a chat with him and tell him that unless he comes when you need him and does things how you want them done, you'll be looking for a different farrier.

I don't see how him being your vet's friend means that you can't get rid of the farrier?
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It's not your responsibility to keep him provided with work or money if the job he does on your horses' feet isn't acceptable.

Get a farrier you like. Don't stay with one you don't just because you have some sort of misplaced guilt about his personal life.
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It is very few horses, yes even minis, that truly can go that long between trims. There are lots of owners who say their horses can go that long but most horse's feet are not balanced enough and do not wear enough for it to be factual.

It is very hard to find and keep a good farrier/trimmer. It is even harder to keep a good farrier/trimmer when you expect them to come do four extra months worth of work every six months.
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It sounds like your farrier/vet is too busy to be both.
Why not ask your farrier/vet for the name of a farrier that they recommend.
There is no reason to keep a professional around that is not working out.

Is there no other vet in the area either?
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Have a talk with him. And if you still have problems, get a new farrier :)
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It really depends on which of the reasons you listed that are making you unhappy.

If it is the frequency, are you asking him to come out more often? Are you setting up appointments for him to come out and following up with calls?

If it is the watching of his kids. Then that is up to you, personally I wouldn't mind watching a little one for the short amount of time that trimming two horses takes, it can be hard to balance work with a family.

If it is the quality of his work, then find someone else. It doesn't matter who he is friends with, and it doesn't matter that he is your vet. You do not employ him to be your friend, you employ him to do a good job for your horses.

The fact that he is having the personal problems in his life, is a shame and I wish his wife well. But it has no revelevance on the situation, it is just bad timing more than anything else.
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He is also our vet and horse neibor's friend so we can't get rid of him....
I'm a little confused by this phrase.

Is this guy a vet AND a farrier, or your vet's and neighbor's friend? You're not being clear.
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I have a feeling this guy's either a vet by profession who dabbles in farrier work for the extra cash, or a farrier who dabbles in veterinary work. Neither are what I want in a farrier. If he's not pulling his weight, get a new farrier. His personal life problems are no excuse for slacking off in his services and not providing a horse accurate care. It's not your job to support him.
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Oh he is just a farrier.. He is also a mailman..
Our vet, Dr. Cybolt... is differnt.
Now, our horse neigbor just expects us to have this farrier.. beacuse he set us up with him

His kids... they run around the whole yard.. do dangorous things... But beacuse i'm so busy watching them I can't watch their farrier..
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Definitely get a new farrier. If he can't take the time to do the work properly then he doesn't need the work. Sorry, but that's how it is. If I'm not doing my job at work then I get yelled at or fired and I have bills to pay too. So I do my job and I do my job well. In this economy and with his wife being sick, then he needs to be making sure he is doing his job good and correctly to make sure he keeps clients. Wish you were in my area, my farrier is awesome.
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