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post #1 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 11:34 AM Thread Starter
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First Farrier Ever

Soooo.. first farrier visit? Now I don't want to be rude but I won't be keeping this farrier. My mare has really bad grown hooves so I just needed them done asap at whatever cost before it causes a bigger problem. I'm sure he's going to do a great job, but his price is a little higher than what my parents wanted. How should I tell him my parents want a cheaper farrier..? That is.. if I can find a good "cheaper" farrier.
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 11:38 AM
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So you're prepared to have a farrier come at whatever cost, but this particular farrier has quoted a job that is too costly for you?

Try and see what all he plans on doing to your mare and get similar quotes from other farriers... They might be a reason for the high price if your mare needs extensive work.

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post #3 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 11:44 AM
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You're paying for the farrier's time & expertise, and it's hard and dangerous work to be bent over under a 1000 lb animal in all types of weather! If you don't want to pay that much, look for someone else but you might "get what you pay for." If you have multiple horses some farriers will reduce their charge, but if you're calling them out for one animal they still need to make some money.

I pay $40/horse for trims every 6 weeks. I know people who pay more & who pay less, but it's a farrier I trust and he'll come to my house for only 2 horses. There are several local farriers who won't even come out unless you have 4+ animals because financially it just isn't worth their time.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 12:24 PM
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How much DOES this farrier want to trim your mare's hooves that you admit are in bad shape?

This sounds like some of the stories I hear from farrier's about people who only want to trim their horses 3-4 times a year , want the farrier to pull the magic rabbit out of their hat, then complain because the horse is lame.

When I carry my foundered horse to the vet, the clinic's farrier charges $85/reset on the fronts and to trim the backs. Then I pay the vet $100 to X-ray. All this every five weeks.

When I am able to use my farrier, my regular farrier resets those shoes, charges $60 to reset and trim the backs. She charges me $40 to trim my other horse and that includes corrective work on his club hoof. All this every five weeks.

That all said, there Re farrier's out there that can charge whatever the want and still aren't worth the powder to blow them to the next county and back. Get references if at all possible.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 01:21 PM
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Just because a farrier charges a higher fee does not necessarily mean he's going to do a great job. Your best bet is to educate yourself on what a properly trimmed foot looks like so you will know whether it is a great job or not. Not all farriers are created equal. I've gone through a lot of them that weren't worth my time regardless of cost.
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If you don't mind me asking, how much is he asking you to pay? Usually a trim is $40 per horse around here. I know it depends though.
I agree, it doesn't necessarily mean he will be great but try him out first. You don't have to use him again, but I think it'll be more expensive because she's so overdue. Which makes sense.
Otherwise, if you get a cheaper farrier just be careful, make sure they are reputable. You don't want her hooves looking even worse.

I say give him a chance, see what he has to offer.

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post #7 of 14 Old 07-18-2017, 02:42 PM
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^I agree with this.

It doesn't hurt to get some quotes from other farriers in your area, but it's tough to put a price on good work.

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Ask other local horse people, folks who have well cared for horses, who they use for a farrier. You have to start somewhere, so getting recommendations is very helpful. Hopefully, you'll be able to find a farrier who has a good rep AND is not too steep.

Around here, EVERYTHING is expensive. Typical all four shoeing costs anywhere from $120 to $180ish.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-20-2017, 03:05 PM
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A cheap farrier may cost you more in the long run as they could create more problems and lame your horse. Not to say that can't happen with an expensive farrier but I'd say if you had recommendations for this one and he charges in the ball park range of those services in your area then talk to your parents. Also make sure you were quoted for what you want. Trim vs shoes. If you wanted a trim and he quoted shoes then you would be looking at a much higher price. If he is really out of line price wise and did not come with excellent references then just call and cancel. Make sure you give him plenty of notice so he can fill your spot. No explanation needed. Most of the farriers here will charge $25 for saddle horses if you have multiple horses or they can get you on a regular route or you can meet them at a barn they have arrangements with if they travel from out of town, more if they can't. The barefoot trimmers that that is all they do are $40. How did you get this farrier's name?
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I pay around 60usd for each trim+4 shoes on my horse, and that is with the cheaper farrier in the area (there are 2, this one is good for basic work, and my horse genrally has good feet so I dont need the extra expertise, the other farrier does the more complicated hooves at the barn, and does things like pads/special shoes/corrective trims etc. He is more expensive.) I am in Argentina though, so the pricepoint may be different.

If your mare needs extensive work I would definitely try to keep this farrier for the time being, until her feet have been corrected and are back to normal. I wouldnt change farriers during a treatment (if her hooves are very badly overgrown she will probably need several visits to fix them)
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