A lot of older horse folk are hard to talk to or reason with. They have more than half of their lives in the horse business, but what they fail to understand is that a lot of the things they know are extremely outdated.
I had an issue with the barn farrier one time. My BO insisted she was the best around, so I used her. I mentioned my gelding was gimping on rocks. So she sawed off his toes so his feet looked like squares and never pressure tested him. A week later he blew an abscess she could have caught and dug out. I paid her to hack up his feet and miss an abscess. She also had a bad habit of making horses sore after she worked on them. Great professional, there.
I never used her again. I had taken a farrier class prior so I dug the rest of the abscess out and trimmed his feet myself until I could find a new farrier. The BO was angry and insulted. She had been into horses longer than I had been living, so she obviously could pick a farrier better than I could, or at least felt she could. I found a decent farrier.
Honestly, a good farrier wouldn't have hacked off half his foot (she said she was taking the toe off to stop him from tripping, and he was only tripping because of the abscess) to cover an abscess, failed to pressure test a sore hoof, and then cause horses to go lame after a trim. It made me furious.
The farrier issue was the first of many issues that me and the BO argued about. I'm guessing your BO is upset because you are showing more education in the equine field than she is comfortable with, and she feels threatened.
If this farrier was so great, he wouldn't be losing clients.
Last edited by Copperhead; 08-03-2012 at 12:31 AM.