This farrier would show up on the arranged day but never at a set time, and would go straight to the paddock and catch my horse without me being there! I would have to keep an eye out all day, otherwise he'd be done and at the door ready for his money!
Not too bad really, you think? It gets better... he would do such a bad job, the toes and heels would still be too long and I'd need him back in only three weeks because they were so long! (I was too shy to complain at the time, so he got a lot of money out of me...)
Still not too bad? This bit is what upsets me most. Finally I just wasn't happy, so I got a new farrier - he was lovely, showed up at set time and actually spent time petting and loving my mare for a few minutes, talking to her AND to me, whereas old farrier ignored both of us. Anyway, within about five minutes the new farrier said to me, "You know your mare has seedy toe?"
I was like, "What?! No, he never mentioned it... he never mentioned anything at all..."
New farrier said "He's clearly had a half-hearted go at picking at it but left most of it there..."
I was so upset! New farrier showed me exactly what to look out for, where old farrier had scratched at it, how far into the hoof it was actually going, etc... and actually gave me advice on how to treat it etc. Old farrier never even spoke to me, even when I was standing there. Never showed me anything, nothing.
Maybe I should've had the guts to speak up at the time, but I was VERY shy as a teenager and as a youngster it is a bit intimidating for a grown man to be so rude.
I know, it could've been a LOT worse. Nevertheless, my new farrier would include me with everything, try to show/teach me stuff and get me involved as much as possible. He also NEVER touched my horse until I was there by his side.
I just think that "professionals" should be keeping the owner involved/aware of situations. I'm not a vet or a farrier and that was my first ever experience of seedy toe so I didn't know what I was looking for until new farrier showed me.
Anyone else got anything they'd like to share?