So over the past couple years we've had a lot of bad luck with farriers. The first one stopped calling us back. The second one started to make Angel lame and in the process of 'fixing' it he stopped calling us back as well. He then called another farrier to come out and do it instead of him, but that was a big no because he is notorious for making horses lame. Then the third one we actually really liked. He is a natural barefoot trimmer and has has done wonders with Angel. He helped us get her barefoot (Use to always have shoes on the front.) and get her feet hard. Now for some reason though he won't call us back either..
The horses are at about week 8 and are in need of a trim, but we can't find anyone. The few who are willing to come out charge an arm and a leg. One guy was charging like 300 to come down and trim both horses, but he said it had to be done every 2 weeks.
My parents ended up talking to a lady who directed us to this website: ABC Hoofcare - Home. They have a book that teaches you how to do the natural bare foot trimming. You can send in photos if you have any question or do video chat and stuff. They also have a week long class you can take (in Oregon I think) that I might take this fall. So long story short my parents are going to buy the book that teaches you how to trim and is going to purchase the tools and I'm going to start trimming the horses myself.
To be honest I'm pretty unsure about it because I don't want to hurt the horses or make them lame or anything, but then again it would be pretty nice to learn to trim myself and not be depending on other people to do it. Also in the long run it would be a lot cheaper as well. Sorry about the long post. I just wanted to get it out.