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post #11 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 01:48 PM
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Good farriers are worth taking the time to do all this stuff. When he gets there, just briefly say that you are new, and is there anything you can do to make the trim easy for everybody.
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post #12 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 02:02 PM
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My farrier likes to talk. while he's trimming he'll explain stuff or ask questions.
He takes about 45 mins to trim.

and don't be afraid to ask questions. If he's doing something and you want to know why, ask. Most farriers I've come across do not mind answering questions.

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post #13 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 02:08 PM
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Clean dry legs and feet. If you have to hose them off, bring a towel or hair dryer if your horse will tolerate it to dry them off as much as you can. Easier just to stall them on clean shavings in the morning and brush the dried mud off when the farrier gets there if it's nasty out, but I know not everyone has that option.

Flyspray. No one likes getting eaten alive and it makes it tough for your horse and the farrier if they're getting swarmed.

Minimal distractions. The horse is WORKING during a farrier visit, and their JOB is to stand up properly. Try not to have other horses running about, getting turned in or out, fed, or machinery going on about that is likely to have your horse antsy and losing focus. Some horses stand really well if they have a hay net in their face, others become absolute pains with food or treats involved in any way, so get to know your horse.
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post #14 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 02:18 PM
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Originally Posted by 4hoofbeat View Post
My farrier likes to talk. while he's trimming he'll explain stuff or ask questions.
He takes about 45 mins to trim.

and don't be afraid to ask questions. If he's doing something and you want to know why, ask. Most farriers I've come across do not mind answering questions.
My barefoot trimmer likes to talk to me about what's going on with my boys feet and how to fix small issues such as thrush when it's wet season and so on. I have to disagree slightly if my boy is being a p**** then I have no issues with my barefoot trimmer telling it to him straight that he needs to cut the crap.

I think my boy is rude during his trims because he wants to put his feet down if she stops to grab a tool or something but will instantly pick it back up if she asks but my barefoot trimmer thinks he is a sweetheart and is an angel during a trim.

- be on time
- be friendly
- ask questions if you don't understand
- make sure your horse is clean and ready
- be prompt with money (it's one of my barefoot trimmers pet peeves if you don't pay on the day as she has had people take months to pay her..)
For you:
- know your limitations! If you don't feel comfortable with the way something happening make sure to say something!
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post #15 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 06:39 PM
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Most all of this is great advice. But one thing I would suggest. Before the next trim, read a book about trimming and shoeing. Go to the book store or the library. This is not to teach you to trim or shoe. It is for you to beable to tell if it is a good job. I learned how to shoe many years ago and learn to know how much work it was. They earn their money. At 63, I don't plan on shoeing again, but I still trim some. It is nice to know how to fix a loose shoe or pull it off. Also, what must be done for cracks. When to let it go for awhile and when to call the farrier fast.
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Farriers generally prefer cash.
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post #17 of 23 Old 05-18-2015, 11:52 PM
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and cookies!

and, if they are young and handsome, don't let it be too obvious that you are admiring their derrieres, as they toil over your horse.
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post #18 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 01:05 AM
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Originally Posted by verona1016 View Post
A typical farrier visit is pretty straightforward- a lot of farriers aren't big talkers, so unless you ask questions a lot of times they'll just do their job and keep their opinions to themselves. Usually they'll let you know if there's a major problem, but will often keep minor problems to themselves. I always like to ask if they see any issues coming up (thrush, new flares, etc.) and if there's anything they'd recommend I do for it. For a new horse or farrier, I also ask what they think of the hoof shape in general, what flaws they see, and what the plan is to correct it.

I always make sure my horse is ready at the appointment time, with any mud washed off of the lower leg (and dried as much as possible), hooves picked out, and any major dirt brushed off the body. Have fly spray handy if needed.

As far as giving treats, I think it depends on the horse.

My horse knows what's expected of him with the farrier and isn't at all scared- if he starts pulling his legs away from the farrier or tries leaning on her, then he gets reprimanded. I'm not big on treats, and he's not really all that big on them either, so I don't generally have treats on hand to give him afterwards (really, for him, being done is enough reward!)

Then there's the pony mare I've been working with for the past few months. She's nervous and fearful and used to have to be sedated for the farrier. She's also highly food motivated. Treats were an important tool in getting her to stand for the farrier and reinforcing it as a positive experience. She doesn't get sedated anymore, and the farrier thinks I'm a horse whisperer

In over 30 some odd years of horse ownership I have NEVER had a farrier who wasn't a talker.

For Folly,

My farrier always comes first thing in the morning so I always get up extra early to give the horses their breakfast before he gets there. They are much more content to stand around if they're not anticipating a meal.

Besides the cookies Tinyliny mentioned, I always pack a cooler with water and soft drinks and sit it where he can grab a drink out of it anytime he likes.

Keep pooper scooper handy to clean up messes right away. Mine also appreciates being warned that one is about ready to take a dump when he's working on a rear leg. LOL

Be careful about correcting your horse while the farrier has a leg up. I trust my farrier implicitly when it comes to my horses and he's allowed to correct them on the rare occasion they need it (usually for leaning and he'll poke them in the belly with his rasp handle). Either tell your farrier they are allowed to correct, which I think is more effective because of timing or warn the farrier in advance so they can get out of harms way. Now this is not to say you should expect your farrier to train your horse how to stand it's just than any horse can have an occasional off day.

That's all I can think of that hasn't already been mentioned. Good, reliable farriers are hard to come by so when you find one you want to bend over backwards to make their job as easy and pleasant as possible. Different farriers prefer different things so don't be afraid to ask questions, e.i. mine prefers the owners present and holding the horse vs. being left a check and having to put the horse in crossties.
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post #19 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 01:49 AM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
and cookies!

and, if they are young and handsome, don't let it be too obvious that you are admiring their derrieres, as they toil over your horse.
I've never heard of that & I have the pictures to prove it!
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post #20 of 23 Old 05-19-2015, 08:09 AM
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Be certain your horse can stand tied and that the horse can have its feet handled and worked with before the fairer shows up. Its the owners responsibility to have the horse prepared.

Many farriers will not return to work with horses that will not stand.

Best of luck.
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