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post #11 of 14 Old 10-21-2013, 11:20 PM
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I would always ask, and keep asking. Just make sure he knows you appreciate him.
Sounds like you lucked out.
$100 for special shoes is really not that much.

So in lies the madness, the pursuit of the impossible in the face of the complete assurance that you will fail, and yet still you chase.
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post #12 of 14 Old 10-22-2013, 01:35 AM
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My farrier comes out every 8 weeks and I pay him right then and there. However, if any are shod and they lose a shoe within 4 weeks of being put on he does not charge to come back out and replace that shoe. Needless to say, I can think of 1 occasion for sure, maybe 2, where he's had to do that in the 11 or 12 years he's been my farrier.

Like other have said, if he is refusing payments and making special trips just for your horse, send him home with a treat. Homemade cookies, cake, pie whatever it is you like to make. I'd also give him a cash bonus for Christmas.
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post #13 of 14 Old 10-22-2013, 01:59 AM
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As a farrier I can say that the little things like cold water in the summer or hot coffee in the winter are really appreciated!

I have declined money when I have been called out do just take a look or work on something pretty small especially if I am already in the area and I like your horse. (Full disclosure if you horse is a holy terror to be trimmed I probably don't like your horse lol).

I like do this for two reasons:
The first is because I want people to call me if they think their horse might need something and I don't want them to worry about the bill. I would rather them check on their horse and make sure its ok then wait for a little problem to turn into a big problem.

The second is because if I have to cancel or miss an appointment (it happens to the best of us you never know how long a job will take sometimes.) I want the person to be understanding. Give a little get a little and it all works out in the end.

All that being said, keeping offering to pay. It shows you appreciate him/ her and their efforts and are not expecting anything for free! It was really thoughtful of you to ask this question!
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post #14 of 14 Old 10-22-2013, 01:06 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate everything he does and I am always accommodating if he has to reschedule or is late coming out. My horse is also very easy to work on, he stands cross tied even while Farrier hot shoes him and Farrier is always very grateful that Simon is so good for him.

We live close to Wellington Fl. so $100 is about average for front shoes (by a good farrier) around here. It is also very HOT so I always give him cold water bottles but I will definitely start bringing him food as I'm sure he gets hungry working in the heat all day.
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