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post #11 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 09:11 AM
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In my area, not showing up for an appointment is a pretty typical way for a farrier to tell you he no longer wants your business. Like wild_spot, I live in an area where demand exceeds supply.

I got off to a rough start with the farrier I've now had for 2 years. Bit of a diva, and pretty stiff pricing. HOWEVER, incredibly reliable - usually he's early, and has never missed or been late for an appointment. He also does a great job with my horses; completely fixed an overreaching problem that one horse had. So I've come to be very grateful for him; and don't mind stroking the checks.

Since I have to schedule farrier appts around my office job schedule; someone who wasn't reliable and on time would be very hard to work with.
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post #12 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 09:16 AM
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If he has always shown up in the past he might have something going on in life that is just keeping him distracted.

Call him up and ask him out right if he is firing you as a client.
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post #13 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 10:15 AM
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Call and ask him. Life can happen and sometimes circumstances are such that calling everyone might not happen. Not saying this is the case, but you won't know unless you call and talk to him about it.
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post #14 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 10:22 AM
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I feel your pain, but right now Im lucky, my farrier is my jumping instructer, so I never have to wait or anything!! :)

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I kind of was also in the mind set that his not showing was a sign he was dropping me, yes things happen and forgetting the first one I let slide. But the thing was I sort of had a feeling, I wasn't at all suprised when he didn't show the first time, and the second time I would have been suprised if he did show! Don't know why, just a feeling.

And I do know how to rasp between trims, that's what I ended up doing w/ the neighbor's mare when he didn't show.
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post #16 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 11:41 AM
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Gah! I share your pain!

Our first farrier was Ok, usually on time and whatnot, but he was impossible to get ahold of. My dad got this other guy who shows up 4 hours late, claiming his "dog ran away this morning" -.- Then, 4 days later, my horse threw one shoe and we called him back. He said he would come on Thursday (so she'd be shoeless for 2 days-no biggy). Well, Thursday he was a no show. Friday he was a no show. My dad called him back Friday night asking where he was (and saying that if you're not going to come at least call and let us know) and he said he might be able to make it over Saturday. So, naturally, that means he's not coming. He has yet to return, and my dad finally just pulled the other shoe.

It's really annoying. It's especially annoying because no matter how many times a farrier stands you up, you know he's always going to have business. Well not with us, sir!
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post #17 of 17 Old 05-20-2010, 02:33 PM
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
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.


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.
That's awesome!!! I bet he didn't realized how bad it sucks to be waiting on someone that's late!

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