Your recommendations for farriers/trimmers - The Horse Forum
View Poll Results: Vote for what you wish your farrier/trimmer would improve on
General trimming and shoeing skills (do a better job) 2 16.67%
Horse handling skills 0 0%
Communication - returning phone calls 6 50.00%
Show up on time 2 16.67%
Lower their pricing 3 25.00%
Keep thorough records on your horse, take photos 2 16.67%
Be well spoken/educated on a variety of topics 2 16.67%
Yearly continuing education (classes, seminars) 2 16.67%
Better billing, invoicing, receipts 2 16.67%
Maintaining confidentiality regarding your horse 0 0%
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post #1 of 28 Old 02-17-2010, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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Your recommendations for farriers/trimmers

Just curious if everyone could vote for the categories you wish farriers/trimmers would improve upon.

I'm just trying to get an idea for what issues horse owners would like to see improved.

Thanks for your time
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post #2 of 28 Old 02-17-2010, 04:59 PM
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Scheduling and availability. People at my barn have complained when they couldn't reach farriers by phone and my ex-trainer lost contact with a farrier completely because he never called back, she had to find another. If things aren't working out, then the farrier should tell the client that instead of abandoning them without word.

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post #3 of 28 Old 02-17-2010, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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You can vote for as many as you like!
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post #4 of 28 Old 02-17-2010, 05:03 PM
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The thing I'm mainly concerned with is doing a better job on a trim, and not just giving a "pasture" trim.

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post #5 of 28 Old 02-17-2010, 05:29 PM
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i really like my farrier. he does a fantastic job on my horse's feet.....but i sometimes have a hard time getting ahold of him to schedule an appointment
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I voted for lower there prices (WAY to high!) and more knowledge but I just got a new guy so he might have more knowledge

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post #7 of 28 Old 02-18-2010, 06:47 AM
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I pay anywhere form $25-35, which isn't bad for around here.

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post #8 of 28 Old 02-19-2010, 07:57 AM
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This is going to sound unreal but my trimmer really does great in all these areas. Sure, I'd like cheaper... But I'm a tightwad.. lol

General trimming and shoeing skills (do a better job) Horse handling skills -- She is very good with horses

Communication - returning phone calls --Ok, once in a while maybe

Show up on time -- almost always on time, close enough.

Lower their pricing --duh, i'm cheap. Her prices are fine, I have too many horses. lol

Keep thorough records on your horse, take photos --she does this for case studies on some.

Be well spoken/educated on a variety of topics --yes, wish I could remember half of what I've heard.

Yearly continuing education (classes, seminars) -- she is constantly studying/learning about barefoot trimming and hoof health.

Better billing, invoicing, receipts -- don't need it.

Maintaining confidentiality regarding your horse. --she always asks if she wants to use pics or discuss my horses hooves with others.. I always say sure.. ;)

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post #9 of 28 Old 02-26-2010, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Great info, thanks to those who voted. Anyone else want to give their opinions? This made it to Page 3 without much response.
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post #10 of 28 Old 02-26-2010, 10:54 AM
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I'd like to see my farrier do more explaining to me why he's doing what he's doing with each horse. Yes maybe I'm annoying in wanting to know everything and farriers have limited time.

I voted on the better record keeping as well, because I'd like my farrier to be able to tell, and also express to me, what changes he is seeing in the hooves of my horses from visit to visit, this is something he doesn't really do at all.
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