*sigh* Can't get a farrier to stick.
Ok..what am I doing wrong here? I have the hardest time getting a farrier to stick with me. Here are the bad points to it.
1) I only have two horses to trim.
2) I do live in the country a little.
3) My gelding is a past founder case and requires a little more care in his feet.
4) My gelding gets a little cranky/uncomfortable/ect and will jiggle his leg a little after about the 2nd hoof. I am working on this with him. Also, he will usually stop after I give him something to distract him like fiddling with his face, neck,ect.
5) The barn is not heated or lighted.
Here are the good points:
1) My horses don't bite, kick, rear, or anything really bad.
2) I always cross tie them in barn out of the weather.
3) They are always cleaned up and ready to go when the farrier gets there.
4) I always pay with cash and include a tip of at least $15.
5) I make my appointments and stick with them (I don't reschedule if at all possible)
6) I am up for any advice or suggestions the farrier gives me. (I do check it out on my own through research and the vet).
7) I will hold my horse or if they bring someone they prefer to do it I am ok with that.
There may be other points...but that is all I can think of at this time. My problem is that I can not get a farrier to stick with me and I am so frustrated. I call and make appointments and they will show and be great for a few months. Then they disappear. They miss appointments and everything. Farriers here are few and far between...unless I want joe-blow down the road to come give it a try and with my gelding having past founder I am not willing to risk that. I can not do it myself...so that is out.
I am just wondering if I am doing something wrong here to cause this? Any thoughts and opinions would be helpful. Mean while I am searching for a new one right now.
Do these farriers give you any reason for flaking out? Do you know other people who use the same farrier?
Nope. And I don't know any horse people where my horses are. I have tried calling riding stables around me and all they want to do is to have me haul my horses to their stable to have it done by their farrier. They will not give me the number to the farrier or even pass a note for them to call me. I have tried to stay away from doing that as my gelding wants to act like a total butt if I haul him to a new place. (I know...bad on me for not working on that as of yet.)
I just wondered if it was something I had done without knowing it. They have all praise me when they are there/on the phone about how I conduct business with them and how my horses behave for them. We joke around while they are trimming and everything seems ok.
The only farrier I know of at the moment is one I refuse to use. I had him out before and my horse was young at the time and fidgety. The farrier hauled off and punched him (not a slap or a light punch) pretty hard. I really did not like that or the job he did on Romeo's feet either. Looked like a hack job and not done with Romeo's comfort or stability in mind.
You might try the American Farriers Assoc. to see if any members are in your area. Now just because they are a member of the AFA does not mean they are any good, it means they just paid their dues money wise, but it might be a start.
Can you ask your vet what farrier he/she recommends?
Where are you located? It may be that someone here can put you in touch with a farrier that would fit your needs.
Outside of that, I would start reaching out to as many horse resources as you can for a good recommendation -- talk to people at local feed/tack shops, vets (not just your own), horse/pony clubs (4-H leaders, pony clubs, posse clubs, etc), riding barns, boarding facilities, etc.
Gonna try to read between the lines here,
You have a horse that wont behave, you wont train, you wont discipline enough to trailer, and wont discipline or allow someone else to discipline him at home.
Maybe thats it.
I would ask a farrier you did like if there were any barns nearby where they set up shop that you can trailer your horse. Gas isnt cheap. It may simply not be worth the time to come to your place. Then teach your horse to trailer and not act a fool.
Heat isnt critical, but having overhead cover (sounds like you do) and good lighting makes it much easier to schedule you especially in the winter.
Cant be that hard to run an extension cord and buy a couple 500 watt halogen portable shop lights.
$150.00 will get you a membership to the AFA. Students in farrier school are free. I could be a member if I so desired.
If a farrier wants to be certified, then there is a rigorous written and practical test.
Certified Journeyman Farrier
I forgot a classification: Lowest to highest certification
certified tradesman farrier
certified journeyman farrier
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