Join Date: May 2013
Location: State of Jefferson
I too have had a hard time with farriers coming out to do our horses. I think it is because we are so far out. Back in the day when we wore shoes, I had to actually finish pounding in some nails after one farrier left. That was the day I decided to learn to shoe my own horses. I was never an expert, but I did as good a job as many of the "professionals" and I was always on time. It took me a few days to finish each horse, but I got it done. They were never lame and always seemed to travel OK. I did the best I could.
Right now I have a barefoot trimmer that stops here on the way to other clients. Someday, I will have to do that on my own, but it's nice to actually have a professional. But, if you have to, you can do it on your own. You don't have to be in a hurry to finish. You will develop the muscles you need to do the job if you work at it. Your horses will learn to hold their feet up better, since they will be dealing with a slow trimmer! I think every horseman should be able to do a basic trim on their horse. I'm old and decrepit and I could get by if I had to.
It's great that you have someone to mentor you!!!