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post #1 of 11 Old 10-17-2012, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Found a farrier!

I am just so excited about FINALLY finding a farrier! He hasn't been here yet but I have talked to him on the phone and right away he said he is not certified but he is tired of farriers not showing up and he wants people that want to schedule every 6-8 weeks and he only does bare foot. That is EXACTLY what I want! He sounds great and he will be here on the 4th. He is a little nervous about doing our donkey Stubbs but he said as long as he isn't crazy he should have no problem. I assured him Stubbs will be a little challenge but the little guy picks up feet for ya when you touch his legs. I really hope this works out. I have searched for a farrier for MONTHS. My babies need their feet done and I am so tired of farriers not showing up and not calling.
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post #2 of 11 Old 10-17-2012, 05:53 PM
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He's not certified? Did he have any schooling?

I'd be nervous about someone who simply decided to teach themselves how to trim hooves...
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That is the only thing I am nervous about but he said his dad was a farrier. I am really keeping my fingers crossed that this is the guy. But if I don't think he can do the job I will keep searching. He also made the comment too that he does not like to drug the horses when you do their feet because that doesn't teach them anything. That just makes them learn that they have to be drugged every time you want to do something with them. I loved that he said that because I did have a guy come out that would only do our donkey if he was drugged first and that kind of made me upset. I work with my horses and donkey all the time to make it safe for them and the farrier and he didn't even want to give them a chance without pulling out a needle.
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post #4 of 11 Old 10-17-2012, 06:25 PM
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Honestly, while I wouldn't want my horses sedated unnecessarily, I'd be more concerned about a proper trim job than that. A horse's feet can be seriously screwed up by someone who doesn't know what they're doing.
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I actually have people calling me to see if I'll take on their trims..I stated in my (training) ad that I was in school for farrier work, and they don't seem to care if I'm actually certified or not, just that they know I've been taught what to and what not to do and what a correct foot should look like. I make sure I'm clear that I'm still in school, but they have no issue with it.

I say as long as YOU know what their feet should look like, you should definitely give the guy a shot. I'm only advertising because I'd like to make enough money a month (on top of what I'm given by my mother for spending) to either bring my mare down to school with me or buy a project to flip and sell. But, I say give him a shot, you'll never know if you don't, and he could very well be the best you've ever seen. I'll say right now, I'll put money that the horses I trim will be done better than half of the AFA certified farriers around here, because I've learned everything and I know it, I haven't had years to get sloppy or not care as much because I already have a reputation. I know I'm going to do the **** best job I possibly can because I need to make my name, and I need to make up for the fact that I'm NOT certified just yet.

Also, farriers shouldn't be sedating any horses without a vet present...It's illegal in the states I've been in, and it's apparently a rather hefty fine for vet malpractice.
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post #6 of 11 Old 10-17-2012, 09:29 PM
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Just because he isnt certified doesnt mean he doesnt know what hes doing. There are variables about him and the situation we dont know so to assume he doesnt know what to do because he isnt certified is ignorant. Weve have screw ups on our horses feet by certified farriers and straight up mean, like hammer to the gut cause the horse was leaning, kind of mean certified farriers. But to each is own and if you wouldnt ever go with a non certified farrier thats completely fine and acceptable as is someones else choice to do the opposit.

Give the guy a shot but of course monitor his work while hes doing it.

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post #7 of 11 Old 10-17-2012, 09:43 PM
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Very glad to hear you say you don't like your horses drugged to do their feet - I've personally never, ever heard of such a thing! In your excitement to find him, be wise, inquisitive, and watch his every move - maybe check out a good book from the library to study for reference beforehand....Hope he turns out to be an excellent farrier for you! :)
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I never said he had to be certified. I asked if he had ANY schooling on how to properly trim a hoof.

If the OP doesn't know much about a proper trim, how is her monitoring his work going to do any good?
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post #9 of 11 Old 10-18-2012, 11:36 AM
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Good for you, I say give him a shot. There's a farrier that comes to my barn to trim a few horses, NOT mine, that man will never get near my horse, but anyway he wacks away at them and it's terrible. He just graduated from some farrier school down south and I was standing next to him triming a draft cross who has draft feet tell the owner that he didn't have a heel because his toe was too short, uh....say what? The horse hadn't been trimmed in over 15 weeks and had terribly flared feet with an overlong toe. So anyway he refused to take any toe off, oh yea and he doesn't own a hoof guage.

So sorry schooling doesn't necissarily mean they know what they are doing.....

Plus the OP can post pictures here in the hoof section and get a proper critique and learn how he did.
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post #10 of 11 Old 10-18-2012, 11:48 AM
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I think people are misunderstanding what I mean by schooling.

I'm not necessarily talking about a "formal" school. If his dad is indeed a (good) farrier and taught him the trade, that's fantastic, and I would consider that proper schooling/training.

But... I certainly would want references/examples of his work and wouldn't be willing to have my horses be his guinea pigs.
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