Originally Posted by Speed Racer
Is he young and just starting out? The new guys need to be available at all hours, or they'll get the reputation for being unreliable.
His clients will make or break him, so until he's established and has a stellar reputation he can't afford to be unavailable, especially during emergencies.
My farrier is married with 5 (!) children, and some days his wife finds it difficult to deal with his schedule, so you need to realize that while it may get better it'll never go away completely. They do take time off to go places and do things as a family, but he always gives his clients a heads up ahead of time that he'll be out of town or not available.
If you're hoping for spontaneity and getting away on the spur of the moment, that's not going to ever be a part of your relationship as long as he's a full time farrier.
As far as promoting his business, he needs to have business cards made up and put them up at tack and feed stores, as well as any boarding barns in the area. You trying to push him off on people may not be received very well, since you're hardly unbiased concerning his actual skill sets.
My farrier has over 300 horses, and he still has days where the money is a little sparse depending on his schedule. He doesn't have a day job any longer but he does do odd jobs on the side, such as cutting and selling firewood during the winter, and fencing during the spring and summer.
I do wish your guy luck, because good farriers really can make decent money once they're established.
Yes he's mid 20's, and he's been doing it for 3 or so years. He does it full time, and he does like his work. He has business cards etc, and he does self promote, but he's also my farrier so yes, I will speak highly of him because he does a great job!
I don't "push" him on people, but I do believe in positive word of mouth.
Thank you, he's an incredible person so I'm lucky to know him let alone date him.