ha I haul my horses to my farrier and still wait for him. I got my horses re-set last Friday and sat at his house for an hour before he got there. Then we (read: he) talk(s) for a good half hour before he starts.. Then he'll do one and sit down and talk at me some more and have a beer and then we'll do the next one, same routine, and then for the third, he informs me that he'll be out on Monday or Tuesday morning (I'm most available in the mornings.. Its Tuesday morning and he's not even called me yet). Then I stand there with my horses loaded up while he talks at me some more.
I'm not really complaining.. Its good practice for the horses; the new surroundings, standing tied while the others are getting worked on, standing tied in the trailer, etc.. But it does get a little annoying that farrier work is an all day deal for me. ha ha
He is completely and totally unprofessional (always late, his topics of discussion, drinking on the job), but I tried another farrier a while ago, and I will not be doing so again. He is the best farrier I have ever seen work and I'll be quite lost without him when he retires.. His old and a bit worse for the wear, which is why there's so much darn talking between horses.
If he wasn't so good, you can be sure that I would not tolerate him. ha ha I should mention though, that my grandpa is a cattle hoof trimmer, and he's one of those chronically late, self-employed individuals.. Despite that, he is always in very high demand. He's got a full schedule year round, even during winter in MN. Some farriers (or cattle hoof trimmers, as the case may be) are worth waiting for. If yours isn't, don't.