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        08-30-2007, 03:00 AM
      #11
    Foal
    I took a 3 day trimming course at the Old's college. It was awesome! I only wanted to take it to learn more about hoofes, trimming, damage etc... but I started trimming my own horses and as long as they don't wear shoes it's not that difficult... just VERY hard on your back!!!
         
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        08-30-2007, 03:50 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Cool that sounds like something definitely worth looking into .. I like taking courses like that. Did they teach you much about hoof damage and things to look for ... for deterioration (spelling?) ??
         
        08-30-2007, 04:58 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Yes, they did.
    I learned a lot about laminits, founder, navicular etc... it was VERY interesting and good to know stuff if you own a horse! They also taught us how to pull a shoe properly and set new nails etc.
    After this course you're far away from beeing a farrier but for a trim on a horse with regular hoofs it's great! I'm glad I took it and would do it again...

    The only thing you have to know (in case they do it the same way as up here), you practice on horse legs fresh from the slaughter house, that's pretty gross but looking at the hoof you're getting, there was a reason why the horse had to be put down.
    It's great to practice on these because you can't "hurt" a horse by trimming too short or unbalanced.
    After the first day you're used to it but it sure requires a strong tummy!
         
        08-30-2007, 07:29 PM
      #14
    Foal
    whoooooa ! Real horse legs ?!?!?! Yikes .. i'm not all convinced my stomach would handle that, I suppose you get used to it, but the first initial look at it, would be enough to turn my stomach. Eesh .. haha I guess you can assume I didn't do that well in biology with dissection !
         
        08-31-2007, 02:10 AM
      #15
    Foal
    The first "leg" we had to pick out of the bin I coudn't do myself and asked someone else to do it for me... then you wrap them in canvas and tie them to a pole with a rope... once they are between your knees all you see is the hoof and that's not too bad anymore... You'll get used to it! I didn't belive it but it's true!
         
        09-02-2007, 01:43 AM
      #16
    Ed
    Foal
    Re: Farrier Costs : Yearly Average to Most Expensive

    $35 per horse every 6 to 8 weeks.They seem to need the least attention in winter.
         
        09-03-2007, 05:18 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Right now I pay $50 for a trim and $80 for 4 shoes, I only have 1 horse every 6 weeks. So I spend $1,040 a year in trimmings (8 trimmings a year). I have a Cross Country, Jumping horse so I get all 4 hoof's done he gets worked pretty good a week. But that's here, my friend in Ohio pays $20 a trim, she has (now) 5 horses. He lives down the road so no trip charge, and she does get shoes. I'd love to pay that, and he only charges like $40 or $50 for shoes. :(
         
        09-03-2007, 10:01 PM
      #18
    Foal
    Yeah that's cheap ! That'd be nice to live right down the road from a farrier. I've been trying to get a hold of some farrier's here, but haven't had much luck. I wanted to compare some prices. Does anyone know a farrier in the salmon arm/sorrento area of BC ?
         

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