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post #1 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Tip the farrier?

So neither me nor my mother have ever heard of tipping the farrier, but my aunt and another gal I know say they always do it. So I'm just wonder, is it something I should start doing? I would feel really bad if all these years I had been expected to tip and didn't.....
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post #3 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 09:36 PM
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several of us use the same farrier and the last time he came to the barn he shoed at least 8 horses and it took 2 evenings we didnt tip him but I did go to the store and McDonalds and I paid for what he wanted then we have a coffee pot at the barn and we made sure a fresh pot was made and lemonade
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post #4 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 09:49 PM
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No, I don't tip. My farrier is making bank, he'll live.

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post #5 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 09:49 PM
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I posted the links - there's been lots of discussion on this before. I do tip.

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post #6 of 10 Old 08-30-2010, 10:51 PM
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I am a groomer, so i know how i appreciate tips. I always tip my shoer, my hair dresser, the feed delivery guy, pretty much everybody.

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post #7 of 10 Old 08-31-2010, 12:10 AM
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I've "tipped" in certain situations - if my farrier is willing to fight it out with a new horse desperately needing a trim, heck yes I'll swing an extra $5 or $10 in there to say thank you for not telling me where to go and storming off the property the fourteenth time you got kicked. It's a rare occasion as we demand perfect manners from our horses for farrier visits, so I have no problem paying extra when I'm asking my farrier to work extra hard.

Zierra took a chunk out of her foot about 4 weeks after she was trimmed, and I had to get him out to touch her up. He told me only $10 and I insisted he take the entire $30 - it's not HIS fault my horse has terrible feet and needed another trim, his gas tank doesn't differentiate between a trim and a touch-up.

So no, I don't tip in general circumstances as I feel he's charging a price he deems fair for his travel time and work on the average horse. I always pay extra when I'm asking him to do something that goes above and beyond the "average" trim or shoe.

We do always offer to feed him and have cold drinks on hand whenever he comes out though. Our farrier is really awesome and has become a sort of friend so he often hangs out after wards for a bit and has some food.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-31-2010, 12:20 AM
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Nope, both of our horses are well-behaved and they usually both just get trims. That alone costs $70 for just TWO horses! Together they usually take 15min, max. Our trims can usually be tacked on after someone else in the area has an appointment, this saves him gas. All things considered, it seems like he makes a lot already! I don't really see a need for a tip.

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post #9 of 10 Old 08-31-2010, 12:44 AM
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i'll have to check your links out, but without reading them...

we now have four horses. until this last visit there was only three. my appy is quite the angel for the farrier, whether it's trims or shoes, and he hot shoes. the gray just gets trimmed every now and then. he's usually ok except in the back on his blind side. the TB is a terror from time to time. bad prior farrier experiences, being on track, who knows what else. but he can be a jerk, especially if he's getting shoes. twitch, the new guy was a bit goofy. he got trimmed and shod the day after i got him, and he's not the most well behaved.

my farrier is a young guy, younger than me (i'm 25), and his prices are LOW, and when we have him put shoes on he takes a LONG time. fine by me, but his time is worth something. if my horses are pretty good, i'll pay him what he asks. if yankee, or maybe twitch as well now, gets to be a monkey, i'll pay him an extra 10 bucks or so. but if it's a case like we had a few months ago where a shoe gets put on and falls off the same week, i didn't pay him at all. the SECOND one that came off, i did pay him.

he drives a modest 20 miles or so to us, not as much as other customers of his that we know. plus we intend on keeping him coming through the winter. most won't. plus we've referred who knows HOW many people to him because he's reliable. i've only called him once, the rest of the time he calls US a week before he's due...

and i asked him the last time he was out, he says that he has a LOT worse than the TB on a DAILY basis. so i don't feel i'm out of line at all with that. plus we're not like the guy who i got twitch from. patrick did three of that guy's horses a couple days prior and he was like "wtf, that kid took SIX HOURS to trim and shoe three horses, one of these days he'll learn to just slap them on and go." i wanted to say "naw, he can take as long as he wants as long as those shoes stay ON!"
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-31-2010, 01:28 AM
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My boy is always very well behaved. I tip him because i appreciate the great job he does. After all, a horse is only as good as his feet!

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