Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: New South Wales, Australia
I don't think it's okay at all.
One bad experience with a farrier can really mess horses up about it, and farriers need to be aware of this.
I get that being a farrier is hard on the back and can be dangerous but so what? It's their job, it's what they've chosen to do and it's what they're paid to do. If they're not going to offer the service that the horse owner wants then they should just say no, and walk away. If the horse is acting in a way bad enough that they feel they have to hit it then they should refuse the job, and leave, or advise the owner to train their horse further. They're not trainers and there is no reason for them to be.
If the farrier is a horse person who can train I see no reason why they can't charge a higher "training" fee on horses who misbehave, and teach them properly.
Find a new farrier, but work with your horse too. Make sure you explain to the farrier the situation next time, and if it's too much for your horse to get it all done in one session book two sessions a couple days apart.
Last edited by Saskia; 06-27-2013 at 08:58 PM.