Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind
What Sandy said.
In the end it was your responsibility to make sure this happened. If you knew you were going to be running late why not call the BO or a friend to make sure someone was there to hold your horse until you got there?
Yep. It stinks for you/your horses, but you can't expect him to wait around when he has had no communication and doesn't know you are just running late vs. having blown him off completely. I know you asked your mom to call and re-schedule, but the follow through would have been to verify with her in the next 1-2 days that she HAD been able to do that and, at that point, do it yourself when she did not. The farrier is the one that got screwed in this whole scenario - he set aside time from his schedule to do this job and then lost out on the income and wasted his time which could have been used on someone who would have been there.
Chalk it up to a lesson learned -- if you want to be sure something is done, do it yourself.