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Old 06-21-2019, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Good farrier job?

I am trying to see if I can find a new farrier. I found this guy online. He posted these two pictures as before and after. To me, in the after picture, he has addressed clear problems in the before picture, but he also (again, to me) seems to have ben over-agressive in trimming the sole and frog. What do you hoof experts think? Should I give him a try?
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:26 PM
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He's neatened the overgrown frog, but hasn't taken it down excessively far, nor has he overpared the sole, in my opinion. This is a badly-neglected hoof that he's done a decent job on, from what I can see. When a foot gets bad, sometimes you have to pare down a bit to see what you're working with. My farrier doesn't do much to the sole and frog most times, but once or twice a year she'll neaten both up a bit and make sure everything looks good. You could ask for some other before/after photos showing the hooves from the side and front, too, if you wish. Does he have a good reputation? Ones that do seem to have it for a reason-- if they show up on time, do a good job, and charge fairly, they're in demand.



I've seen a lot more aggressive paring of the sole/frog from reputable shoers, so if this one is highly regarded, I'd give him a shot.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:30 PM
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He cleaned up a dead sole and overgrown frog.
He now made it easier to properly clean the hoof and keep debris out of the frog edges hidden reducing areas where problems hide.
I would not have a issue of my horses hooves resembling that finished from where it came from with regard to sole and frog cleanup...
I did not look at any other work done, just frog/sole clean-up.
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Old 06-21-2019, 03:52 PM
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He did ok left bars over grown though. As long as he doesn't carve frog like that every trim it's ok. Should only clean up tattered parts of frog after this.

To many farriers are carve happy in my opinion...and had one who continued to make my horse's sore. Carving out to much sole & frog.

So beware of that.
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:06 PM
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I would ask him his evaluation of the hoof, and what his future trimming plans are for these feet. There is a lot of heel depth left, and the whole foot is possibly stretched. I would have wanted the point of the frog carved out a bit to see where it actually was.

Not bad looking considering where he started!
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:38 PM
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I'd want to see feet he's been working on for the past year. That will truly tell what kind of work he does. Yeah showing pictures of an over grown foot, then pictures after trim is going to show improvement. Foot looked terrible before.

Farrier I quit using has pictures like that on his fb. Gets him clients that's all he's about is making money. Do as many horse's as he can every day. He could careless about the horse's, he just wants the money in his pocket.

Yep farrier I quit came highly recommend and most owners are clueless on what a good trim looks like. Yeah hes got 450 horse's in his rotation, and all there hooves look like poo. 450 clueless horse owners ,befits the farriers wallet.
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:39 PM
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Looks like he took a grinder to the foot and thinned the sole at the toe.
Took off whatever wall the horse had left and dumped him on his soles. Hope the owner has boots for the horse. I see hair at ground level on the heels. What does the rest of the foot look like, from the top?
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Old 06-21-2019, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Who was it that said they wouldn't want to belong to any club that would admit them as a member? Seems like I don't want to use any farrier that could actually see me. The guy here in town who is really recommended could see me, but only if I hauled my horses 50 miles to where he's going to be working at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. Seems like everyone else is either booked up or is not taking new clients. I will keep looking. In the meantime, I went ahead and scheduled them with the same farrier we saw last time.

This guy, I dug into his reviews, and his old ones are all good but the new ones are like "he doesn't return calls," "he's too finicky about working environment," etc.

I'm not having any luck finding recommendations, either.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:03 PM
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This guy, I dug into his reviews, and his old ones are all good but the new ones are like "he doesn't return calls," "he's too finicky about working environment," etc.

I'm not having any luck finding recommendations, either.

This sounds more to me that the guy is good, in demand and can pick and choose who he wants for clients...


I would call him and see if he returns your call.
If he speaks to you, but is honest and tells you he can't service your horses...believe him.
Then ask him who he can recommend that does work similar to his, quality work.
Good farriers know...
Good farriers don't steal each others clients either...but if you ask for a reference you just might get a name/number you did not know about.
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Old 06-21-2019, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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@horselovinguy thanks that is great advice. I have also put calls out to other people I know asking for recommendations. We'll see.
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