Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Klamath Falls Oregon
• Horses: 0
I got you beat. The price of a shoeing when I started was $9. I think a trim was $5. A five pound box of nails was five dollars and a rasp $4. A set of shoes was less than one shoe today. They were 25 cents a pound and an 0 shoe weighs about a pound. Just when I thought the price of nails couldn't go any higher they started selling them by the nail. 100 nails now cost around $13. A rasp is $21 and one, size O shoe is $2.30. Of course, gas was 35 cents a gallon and I could pick up hay bales from the field for 75 cents a bale. During my shoeing career I had all but one of the ligaments in one knee detached from the bone, requiring surgery and a four month lay up. The opposite knee was dislocated twice. A plastic surgeon placed over 40 stitches in my nose. And finally, a horse rapid fire kicked both the front and back of my rib cage putting me in the hospital for a month. I was 65 at the time and retired three or four years later although I still shoe my own horses and trim a few for friends. The minor nicks, cuts and bruises were daily. Shoers develop a high tolerance to pain. I refuse Novocain to have a cavity drilled. I loved the life but I have to admit, I don't miss it much. I must be getting old.
Last edited by eliduc; 12-03-2012 at 12:59 PM.