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    08-23-2008, 11:14 PM

So I had the farrier out tonight to trim the horses. My husband is out of town and he normally does their feet. First off the farrier knows my horses and I told him which horses needed to be done. The first thing he did that pissed me off is he "trimmed" Que's feet. They were just done a little over two weeks ago!!! I was pissed! And then after trimming all my horses, AFTER, he tells me that he has jacked up his prices by $10 a trim! Are you kidding me! I mean I would have had them done anyways but he should have told me BEFORE he trimmed them. I mean what if I didn't have the extra money, or whatever, it should be my choice if I want to pay him the extra money per horse!!! I can't believe he charge me $30 to "trim" Que's feet! What a piss of! I'm so mad right now!!! And the worst part is, I had to pay with out arguing because it's very hard to find a farrier that will come out for anythig less than 10 horses.
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    08-23-2008, 11:33 PM
Ugh!!! I would have nailed his foot to the floor!! What a jerk! You could have refused to pay his heightened fees, if he didn't give you any warning..
Guess he's off your list, hey?
    08-24-2008, 04:59 AM
Sorry, I would have told him that I would only pay for the horses that I told him needing trimming.
    08-24-2008, 10:53 AM
Wait, he trimmed the horses feet first THEN told you he
Jacked up the prices? That's a very unprofessional thing
To do, I would be fuming also!
    08-24-2008, 11:32 AM
I am with TXhorsemom, I would have paid only for the horses I requested. What is with farriers today? Mine is really starting to frustrate me too. Becoming more unreliable.
    08-25-2008, 11:58 PM
Farriers.... Ugh

Well at least you guys have one to complain about. I just got dumped again. I only have one horse, with great feet, trim only and I can't keep a farrier at all. As soon as they get more clients, I'm dumped. My mare is good, my schedule is flexible, I never turn down when they want to come out.
So I'm hunting another one.........
    08-26-2008, 12:09 AM
Green Broke
FGR, I'll trade your $30 a trim for my guy's $45 + $10 trip charge :)
    08-26-2008, 12:24 AM
I wish your horse would have kicked him in the butt! Lol. That's so irritating!! I would have only paid for the horses you requested and ONLY the price originally stated.. that's just me though!! I'm a fighter when it comes to those things!!
    08-26-2008, 08:22 AM
I get charged anything from $35-$45 a trim...depending on how he is feeling for the day. I don't complain because he does a good job and it is hard to get a good farrier that comes when he says he will.
    08-26-2008, 09:12 AM
I wouldnt pay for the horse you didnt want trimmed. Or at the very least, I would make sure he knew how unhappy I was about it.

Im lucky, I do my own except for my new horse, and I've found a new farrier that's good.

As for the increased prices. Yes its wrong he didnt tell you, but you still had to have it done. Think of your horses comfort as the top priority instead of how he played you.

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