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post #1 of 3 Old 05-23-2013, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Farrier help!

So I have gone through three farriers so far. The first one was mean as hell and the other two were scams! Right now I work on a ranch for an older couple, we are practly family. They said I could just trailer my horses to them when their farrier comes because they have never had problems with her and trust her. So I did. Both my horses have been barefoot for as long as I know. She trimmed then so short that both came home lame. They both limb on their feet and act like they don't even want to move. I trust the older couple I work for a lot so I am going to give the farrier one last chance because I have all ready delt with three idiots. How do I nicely tell her their feet were way too short and need to be trimmed less without her thinking I'm questioning her ability??

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post #2 of 3 Old 05-23-2013, 02:33 PM
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Just bring it to her attention. Something like "hey the last time you trimmed them I noticed they were a bit short and were sore from it. What was your reasoning for trimming so short?" Don't go in pissed and accusing use it as a chance to ask her reasoning and let her know what happened.

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post #3 of 3 Old 05-23-2013, 02:40 PM
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Do you board? If not, is there a local stable that you could call and get some farrier's names/ph.#'s?
Also, if you are close to an Amish community, I have had my little Amish farrier for 7 years--owned horses since 1985, and been through farriers. There is another Amish farrier I used once, when I could get an appointment, who has a 6 month waiting list of show people bc he's THAT good.
Lots of people that trim their own go in farrier work and then quit in a few years bc of badly mannered backyard pets that lay on their backs and much worse. It ISN'T EVER the farrier's job to train your horse's foot manners.
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