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post #11 of 20 Old 02-15-2014, 05:44 PM
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If you live out in Casa Grande, I can see why it would be hard to fine a good trimmer or farrier. I live a lot closer to town and still had a difficult time finding someone.
It is hard work and well worth the money you pay someone, but it's a skill you can learn.
I would still try to build a relationship with a regular trimmer or farrier though if only to check up on your work now and then.
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-15-2014, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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I would look at your horses, your distance and your behavior with your farrier. Are your horses well behaved? Do you have them ready for the farrier when he arrives or does he have to help you catch them? Do you pick out their feet prior to him trimming them? Do you pay him before he leaves the farm?
For the most part they're well behaved. Angel just stands there and lets you do what ever. Jinxx on the other hand is a little more difficult. Nothing too bad. He does try to pull his leg away from time to time, but he's getting a lot better. When I first got him he wouldn't even let you near his legs with out kicking at you. They aren't haltered when they get here, but they aren't hard to catch. They both walk right up to you and let you put a halter on. Our last farrier didn't even put a halter on them. Just had them stand in their stalls and did his work. I do make sure their hooves are cleaned out. Yes they are paid before they leave (most of the time it's cash.) It never even crossed my mind to send them a check.

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post #13 of 20 Old 02-15-2014, 06:08 PM
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Than it sounds like it is them not you. Which is a good thing. I would say it is worth learning but learn about the hoof structures and how to trim. Don't go in blind and hack away! Its always good to know when you are in over your head on any issue.
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post #14 of 20 Old 02-15-2014, 09:02 PM Thread Starter
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I would still try to build a relationship with a regular trimmer or farrier though if only to check up on your work now and then.
There is a lady in Prescott who directed us to the website. She said she could come down once in a while to see how we're doing and if we need help.
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-16-2014, 04:14 PM
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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!!!
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post #16 of 20 Old 02-16-2014, 06:27 PM
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Didn't read all the responses, but wishing you all the best. I'm on the same way now, as my farrier did a really lousy job last time - I actually don't have a choice!

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post #17 of 20 Old 02-16-2014, 08:34 PM
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Unlike the UK, anyone can say they are a farrier. In the UK they serve an extensive apprenticeship with a master farrier. Here, they buy the tools and can go in to business. The horse owner can no longer expect that the farrier is qualified to trim hooves and it is imperative that we seek out as many references as possible. In Canada, there is no governing body because it is not considered veterinary work. It may be that way in the US as well. We are faced with week-end wonders who think it's an easy dollar.
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post #18 of 20 Old 02-16-2014, 08:49 PM
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I started doing my horses feet about three years ago, and I'm really glad I did. Saves me a hundred bucks a month, and I've learned so much from it. I have a farrier friend who boards with me, abd he checks then for me every once in a while. It's hard work, you'll sweat your butt off, but it's totally worth it :) I suggest having a farrier you trust supervise, and agree with the others about finding a good DVD or book. You tube also helps for trimming specific issues. (One of my horses had really under run heels when I bought him, and was super flat through the sole abd frog, a good you tube video showed the stages of trimming to fix it) wishing you the best of luck!
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post #19 of 20 Old 02-16-2014, 11:46 PM
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And I thought 60$ was high for shoeing
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-17-2014, 12:54 AM
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All the farriers in my area either charge 100 for shoes (I'm looking at closer to 200 because my mare needs an extra hole drilled in her shoe), or they make all the horses they trim/shoe lame.
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