04-12-2013, 11:18 PM
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I pay $30 to a great barefoot farrier who started out on draft horse and she is female. The first farrier I used I felt was to rough with my mare cause she hadn't been trimmed in years and her hooves where flared and cracked and sour. When she didn't want to stand, he wanted to hit her. Then he said he wanted to sedate her and she blew a gasket when she saw the needle and went wacko. This was only a week after we had had her and she had not been handled at all. To top it all off, he did a pasture trim and cut her hooves way too close then what I wanted. When I switched to Racheal, she spent 20 minutes watching my horses walk and trot and how the planted their feet. She has done barefoot trimming for 15 years and I love how gentle she is with my horses and she doesn't stress them. She is well worth the money. The last two times she came out, she told me 25 a horse, but I gave her 30 anyway. She will only take one appointment a day and said it doesn't matter if it takes her an hour or 4 hours, she wants to make sure the horse isn't stressed and is always comfortable with her.