so i talked to a hoof trimmer who says he is self taught and worked with several farriers over the years and is going to get certified in may he has references. im desparate for a trimmer but also worried about my horses. he said he has been trimming for 10 years. got any good questions i can ask him to see if he really knows what he is doing?
Sometimes a farrier or trimmer can have "papers" dripping off their finger tips and not be worth the powder to blow them to your state Capital and back:shock:
I know because I've had that unfortunate experience. The two brothers now trimming my horses have ten years under their belt, very little formal schooling, a ton of ethics/common sense.
They bent over backward to work WITH my vet, to trim my foundered horse after the "well-papered" SOB's cut him so short, he ended up with torn ligaments.
I would check his references and I would also ask him to part with the phone numbers of people who didn't like his work and ask them why they didn't like him.
Sometimes not liking the farrier or trimmer is un-founded - maybe he showed up late or there was a big personality conflict with him and the horse owner. Or maybe the horse ended up dead lame after the trim.
Unless you are very familiar with hoof trimming, there aren't a lot of questions you can ask him that he can't schmooze his way thru. He can pick up in a skinny minute, if you REALLY know your stuff or you're just blindly asking questions someone on a forum told you to ask:-)
That is not the answer you were looking for but, I hope it helps:-)
You don't need someone who JUST trims. Any competent farrier can do a decent trim job without a shoe nailed on.
I'd say go for it and chat with his references/him and see how he handles your horse during a trim if his refs check out.
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