Farriers, if it ain't broke, don't fix it - The Horse Forum

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post #1 of 9 Old 08-03-2013, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Farriers, if it ain't broke, don't fix it

Well we tried a new farrier, against my own judgement. But, ya can stay in a rut or turn hard an gas it.

First 2 trims, looked awesome! I was there for first. Wife for second. Third? I came home and was pissed!!!!!! Half done, sloppy job. I called my friend and things are back where they need to be.
Her excuse was my gelding was too hard to trim, but yesterday he was trimmed loose, not tied, in an open field! Was grazing when farrier showed up and that's where he got trimmed.

I won't publicly bash her, but anyone in northern Indiana wants to know who to stay away from, I can pm her info.
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I tried a barefoot farrier once, it was a mess. The first clue should have been that they wanted to trim in the pasture so the horse was comfortable.

My fault for being an idiot, that should have been my clue, and heads up.

Get a real farrier out, farriers can barefoot too, you know because they are trained over these local barefoot hacks - they go to school.

If I had a barefoot horse, I would go with a farrier every day of the week.
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I tried a barefoot farrier once, it was a mess. The first clue should have been that they wanted to trim in the pasture so the horse was comfortable.

My fault for being an idiot, that should have been my clue, and heads up.

Get a real farrier out, farriers can barefoot too, you know because they are trained over these local barefoot hacks - they go to school.

If I had a barefoot horse, I would go with a farrier every day of the week.
Well, see, that's where I took the gamble. I paid an Indiana certified/ licensed barefoot trimmer. And she got lazy.

I've always used country hacks ;) and will continue to do so after this. Ole boy that does ours now and did before, is just good and honest. And one of few non Amish that will even touch a draft. Let alone one heck of a hand.

I tried goin pro, I'm stickin with what I know.
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There are a few barefoot trimmers & a holistic farrier in this area, which is good because there is a serious shortage of farriers. Their clientel are mainly owners of pasture puffs. People who actually ride, compete, do ranch work, or anything of that nature, steers clear of them.
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Sounded worth a shot. But not so much. The gal CAN trim, but, a bad day or whatever.... Go home. Don't do a hack job cause you're having a bad day.
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Well, see, that's where I took the gamble. I paid an Indiana certified/ licensed barefoot trimmer. And she got lazy.

I've always used country hacks ;) and will continue to do so after this. Ole boy that does ours now and did before, is just good and honest. And one of few non Amish that will even touch a draft. Let alone one heck of a hand.

I tried goin pro, I'm stickin with what I know.
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I live in Berks county PA, right next door to Chester county PA, where the Devon horse show is. Lots of great farriers in my area. It's a big horse area. Thankfully I found my farrier, and he'd kill me for putting his name out there, I am only his client because he does the barn. He is thought of as the best in the area.
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I'm wondering why this has become a thread about barefoot trimmers vs farriers? I find that there are very skilled, caring, and knowledgeable people in both groups... as well as lazy, ignorant, and rude individuals in both groups.

Over generalization is a dangerous thing, I find.
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I'm wondering why this has become a thread about barefoot trimmers vs farriers? I find that there are very skilled, caring, and knowledgeable people in both groups... as well as lazy, ignorant, and rude individuals in both groups.

Over generalization is a dangerous thing, I find.
I agree, and did not bad mouth barefoot at all. We've not shod until this in years! I'm a fan of barefoot and my TB has never had iron. But when needed they will be shod. No bias ether way on my behave.
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