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    05-19-2010, 11:14 PM
  #1
Yearling
I guess my farrier quit on me

It would be nice if he'd just tell me rather then standing me up. Why is it so hard to find a good one?

He came out on the 9th and put shoes on my two horses and trimmed my mule and one mini. We chatted about the rodeo that was coming up, everything seemed good. The rodeo was the 14th and 15th, and my sister and her husband wanted to go so we borrowed a horse from the neighbor, who needed a trim. I called him and asked if he could do it, he said he could, the next day around noon. Somehow I got the job of waiting for him, he never showed. 3 days ago I am going to go on a ride w/ my nephew and the neighbor girl, when I see my horse is missing a shoe, I ride the other horse and deside to call when I get back, but I forgot. The next morning (yesterday) I'm at the vets and he comes in! Perfect! I don't mention the previous no show, I figure he forgot or something, so while I load the dog up my mom runs in and tells him and ask if he can come redo it. He says no problem, either this evening or tomorrow morning. Well this morning came and went, and no signs of him.

I have only used him for 6 months or so, but he's always been reliable, and if he can't make it (only once) he's called. So not sure what happened, but it is very frustrating. And all I need is ONE shoe! Seems like it's going to be even harder to find a new farrier that will be willing to come out for just one shoe (that I already paid for once).

I'm just venting, just one of those days I guess!
     
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    05-19-2010, 11:29 PM
  #2
Yearling
Been there. Luckily my horses are barefoot and my boss (who is a vet) is the back up farrier for my ex farrier and he taught me to trim feet. I am now no longer bound by the schedules and whims of an overworked person. Good luck finding a new farrier.
     
    05-19-2010, 11:36 PM
  #3
Trained
You should try finding a reliable farrier where I live! There are so many horses and so few farriers that no matter how late or unreliable they are, they don't lose business.

We have been through about 6 different farriers. Our last one was great, really friendly, but just too hard to get onto and also unreliable.

Our new one has actually been early both times so far, so hopefully we can stick with him.
     
    05-20-2010, 12:40 AM
  #4
Started
I feel your pain. I'm shopping for one too, because our last one was ruining our horses feet. We have one that has a frog that has begun to die because of the bad trims he has received, and all of them are uneven and have been left to long in the toe . Maybe we will both get lucky and find good farriers that will return phone calls and show up when they are supposed to. Sounds a bit like a fairy tale though, doesn't it
     
    05-20-2010, 01:27 AM
  #5
Green Broke
Farriers, why are the good ones few and far between? My last farrier back home was excellent - He was not late once in 6 years, never missed an appointment, was kind to my horses, respectful and polite always and did a beautiful job each time.

However...

His predecessor was quite the opposite. He was always late, if he even showed up. I stuck by him for years until one day we had a massive argument about him being unreliable and he promised to never make me wait again. Next appointment he was two hours late. I kept my mouth shut and let him shoe my horses. Then one freezing cold rainy day two weeks later I rang him and told him my gelding had pulled both his front shoes off. Put the gelding in the back paddock out of sight, went to work and made him wait in the rain for two hours before I answered my phone to let him know he was fired.
     
    05-20-2010, 02:59 AM
  #6
Yearling
Atleast I know I'm not alone, although it would be nice if I was, that bad farriers were rare and not the other way around.

It would be nice to know what changed so suddenly.

So I guess the hunt begins tomorrow, maybe I'll get lucky!
     
    05-20-2010, 04:08 AM
  #7
Yearling
Why not just call him and be blunt about it? Maybe he just forgot.
     
    05-20-2010, 06:10 AM
  #8
Trained
Haha definitely not a rare thing!! It seems to be such a common thing that farriers are always late or unreliable! My last one was a shocker, always at least an hour late if he even showed up.

Current farrier has been very good, quite a bit pricier but he always shows up, latest he's been was about 20 minutes, he's usually on time or even early. Fabulous with my horses, really know's his stuff and I get on with him like a house on fire
     
    05-20-2010, 09:50 AM
  #9
Green Broke
I would love to learn how to do my own horses because of this. I tried to call someone about doing my horses hooves and he never called me back. Tried to have another person schedule me and they won't do them because I only have two. Another one wants to charge $20 extra because my Haflinger is a draft pony, we even offered to build a set of stocks. My husband plans to get a draft sooner or later. Then there is gas fees, spooky horse fees, non-shoe fees, extra fees if you want a natural barefoot trim...it's kind of ridiculous in my opinion. Current vet charges $20 per horse, no other fees. The cheapest I've been able to find at the place we are moving to is $30 per horse, I pay a $10 gas fee and $5 if my horse is hard to trim.

I know it's not an easy profession. Which is why I'm thinking the farrier world won't miss trimming my horses once I learn how.
     
    05-20-2010, 10:09 AM
  #10
Green Broke
I definitely recommend learning how to at least rasp your horses between trims. Its just a little safety net.

I'm pretty lucky with my farrier in that he always shows when he says he will, he has never been more than 15 minutes late. The only problem is that he is the best farrier within 50 - 100km so we generally have to book him a couple of weeks in advance!
     

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