Trying a different trimmer....but staying friends with previous?
So basically what the title says! I LOVE my current trimmer, shes awesome, I think shes been making good progress with my horses hooves and shes always very helpful with other subjects too! The only downside is she comes from VERY far away. I met her on the Clinton Anderson forums last summer, and I was having trouble with my current farrier so she was willing to come work on my guy. We've built up quite the friendship now, I even made her a new website, her old one was disgraceful! I've hauled my horse to her place so we could ride together before too, and would love to again....Shes just two hours away...thats far for her to come for one horse, so I know she has to be losing money on us :(
So why switch? I'd really like to try this local guy. I've seen his work with other horses and it looks great. I do sometimes feel like we aren't making as much progress as we could be with my horses hooves, but progress is there for sure. The local guy does do shoes too...as much as I'd love to always stay barefoot...knowing a shoe guy never hurts. I think the main part of it is just that hes local, hes literally 10 minutes from me. I do pay my current farrier a little extra since she comes from so far away.
I don't want to ruin our great friendship or burn bridges...but I just feel like it would be so nice to try out the local guy. My horse is on a 4 week schedule. I'm sending him off to a trainer in 7 weeks though. I was thinking...I could try out the new guy in 3 weeks (horse just got done today) and then schedule my current trimmer for 6 weeks, just before I send my horse off to training. I'll be up front with new guy, hes actually good friends with a few other friends I have and I've met him before...really nice guy.
Have any of you farriers ever still remained friends after being "fired"? Its just a sucky situation, shes really gone out of her way for me, and done a good job! I don't want her to think I haven't appreciated it. I try to bring her baked goods when I can too :)