Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I still fail to see how this was a correction at all. if a horse is jigging no amount of hitting will solve that. Moving the horse's feet would have corrected that more appropriatly IMOP.
Please explain who this works, as I hear it all the time.
It takes time to move a horses feet, and get them listening to you, when they should just have been listening in the first place. So a horse is bad, you would take him out and move him around a bit - for what amount of time, maybe 5 mins?
Then the horse is bad again so you take him out again and work him longer. Maybe 15 mins this time?
If so, are you willing to pay your farrier, double, triple, 10X his rate, as he is then late for every other customer he will have that day. And maybe lose some customers, as they were the last on the list of clients that day. So now he is 3 hours late - as moving a horses feet is the thing to do of the moment, so other clients will do that too.
If our farriers charged us for their loss of income if they are injured, or their loss of clients, or loss of faith, as clients are upset when they are so late - we'd be doomed. And I don't think we could afford that, but we expect our farriers to absorb that cost while we are farting around on a lunge line or in a round pen.
Sorry, I firmly disagree with this. A horse gets a whack, and they behave, it doesn't have to take all day, and all potential income from the guy trying to work with an ill mannered animal who could put him out of work for 6 weeks.
I've had farriers work with broken bones, obviously sore, as they can't afford that time off. And the horse owner with the lovely idea about how well horses should be treated while they are trying to hurt people - those owners are not paying for their time off work.
I have a busy life, and it is hard when I have a farrier scheduled for 2, he calls and says it will be 4, then again, it will be 6pm. Then he shows up at 7. I am sorry, I am busy, I can't block out my whole day because someone needs to move their horses feet. I have this convo all the time with my farrier, and he agrees, but says he would have no clients, as most of the horse world has been Parellified.
When in actual fact, a good whack, and the horse would stand. They don't need all this prissy stuff.
To me, it's not a question of firing the farrier, it would about pleading with him or her to come back.