Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Western Pennsylvania
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.