08-31-2010, 01:44 AM
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I'll have to check your links out, but without reading them...
We now have four horses. Until this last visit there was only three. My appy is quite the angel for the farrier, whether it's trims or shoes, and he hot shoes. The gray just gets trimmed every now and then. He's usually ok except in the back on his blind side. The TB is a terror from time to time. Bad prior farrier experiences, being on track, who knows what else. But he can be a jerk, especially if he's getting shoes. Twitch, the new guy was a bit goofy. He got trimmed and shod the day after I got him, and he's not the most well behaved.
My farrier is a young guy, younger than me (i'm 25), and his prices are LOW, and when we have him put shoes on he takes a LONG time. Fine by me, but his time is worth something. If my horses are pretty good, i'll pay him what he asks. If yankee, or maybe twitch as well now, gets to be a monkey, i'll pay him an extra 10 bucks or so. But if it's a case like we had a few months ago where a shoe gets put on and falls off the same week, I didn't pay him at all. The SECOND one that came off, I did pay him.
He drives a modest 20 miles or so to us, not as much as other customers of his that we know. Plus we intend on keeping him coming through the winter. Most won't. Plus we've referred who knows HOW many people to him because he's reliable. I've only called him once, the rest of the time he calls US a week before he's due...
And I asked him the last time he was out, he says that he has a LOT worse than the TB on a DAILY basis. So I don't feel i'm out of line at all with that. Plus we're not like the guy who I got twitch from. Patrick did three of that guy's horses a couple days prior and he was like "wtf, that kid took SIX HOURS to trim and shoe three horses, one of these days he'll learn to just slap them on and go." I wanted to say "naw, he can take as long as he wants as long as those shoes stay ON!"