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post #1 of 26 Old 03-13-2012, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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What do you like in a farrier?

Ok, this is just out of curiosity but I am wondering what you guys like in a farrier. A bit of experience in training? Just works on the hoof and doesnt work on the horses behavior?

Personally I like a farrier who knows how to and is willing to work on the horses behavior and training, even though I know it is the owners responsibility to make sure the horse is safe for the farrier.

In my experience a farrier with a lack of knowlage in training a horse to stand can actually ruin a horses good behavior. If my well behaved horse is starting to get a little restless don't be afraid to take a minute and walk them around a bit, stretch the legs, freshen the mind. Don't just sit there and wrestle him, you will wear out first.

If I'm there I will do it for them, but not everyone can always be there to help out there farrier. It wont take any longer to walk around a minute or set the foot down before they get pissy then it will to wrestle the horse anyway.

Being a horse owner with training experience who is in farrier school it kinda peaves me to see a farrier who is clueless about training a horse to stand or just doesnt do it. After all YOU are the one who is under the horse, you should have the knowlage to keep yourself safe! And above all I don't want you fighting my horse and instigating bad behavior. Presure and release isnt exactly rocket science, and if you use it daily it becomes habbit.

Anyway, end half rant. Lol
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Being a horse owner with training experience who is in farrier school it kinda peaves me to see a farrier who is clueless about training a horse to stand or just doesnt do it. After all YOU are the one who is under the horse, you should have the knowlage to keep yourself safe! And above all I don't want you fighting my horse and instigating bad behavior. Presure and release isnt exactly rocket science, and if you use it daily it becomes habbit.

Anyway, end half rant. Lol
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It is not my farriers job to train my horse to stand.

Just like it's not my riding buddies job to teach my horse to not kick at her horse.

As a horse owner - WE are responsible for the actions of our horses.
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I like sanity.....
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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Welp, after our last bad experience... I look for farriers that are professional and that don't hit on the girls around the barn. Next to that, and just as important, knowledge and experience. If our current farrier retires, I am going to scrounge up everything I have and go to school.
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I agree with mls, it's not the farrier's job to train a horse that won't stand. I'd never expect mine to do so. If there's an issue, I correct it. I do appreciate one that is patient enough to wait while I handle the issue though. Those that I have misbehave for farrier are generally client horses (mine know better) and I don't think it would be appropriate for me to have a 3rd party doing any training or correction on them.

What I look for, good quality work, ability to do specialty shoeing (sliders), experience with corrective work, has a vet that they work with (preferably my own) shows up on time, returns calls or emails. Bonus points for calling to check in between on those that may have had an issue.

The thing that I was most impressed with about my farrier, when Woodstock was injured, it made farrier work tough (torn tendons) so he took it upon himself (with my approval of course) to coordinate with my vet and they came together so he could be sedated and laid down to do his trim and vet could supervise to insure no further damage.

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It is not my farriers job to train my horse to stand.

Just like it's not my riding buddies job to teach my horse to not kick at her horse.

As a horse owner - WE are responsible for the actions of our horses.
I understand that, in fact I mentioned that in the OP. But I don't like barking orders at a clueless farrier because they don't understand how to work with/read a horse to keep them resonably calm and cooperative.
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The most important thing to me is experience. I want a farrier that has been there, done that, and has seen everything. Mine has about 40 years experience (he is 67)...I don't think I would ever use one with less than 10 years solid full time experience...
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The most important thing to me is experience. I want a farrier that has been there, done that, and has seen everything. Mine has about 40 years experience (he is 67)...I don't think I would ever use one with less than 10 years solid full time experience...
What baffles me a little about this is how are they going to get experience if no one will hire them because they have no experience?

I like experience too trust me, just something I was pondering....xD

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
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What baffles me a little about this is how are they going to get experience if no one will hire them because they have no experience?

I like experience too trust me, just something I was pondering....xD
Yeah, the old job interview problem...

Their problem - I'm not going to pay a farier to learn his trade on my horses...
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I like a farrier who knows his stuff, available, not a price gouger, handles horses correctly. Although my farrier (been mine for over 20 yrs) never had to train any of my horses to accept anything he does, he will & has gone out caught untouched yearlings in a pasture and worked with them to accept hoof handling and DOESN'T CHARGE EXTRA FOR THAT! When I heard this, I almost slapped him.
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