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What so you pay your farrier?
Does your farrier charge a barn fee?
Does your farrier charge you to pull the shoes that he put on off?

reason Im asking is that mine charges me a 10$ barn fee. He started that when the cost of diesel went up... This I can kinda deal with....

He also charges me 10$ a pr to pull shoes off. that he put on....This bothers me. In my 30 + yrs of having horses I have NEVER paid this.
He does great work is always on time and knowledgeable but ya know I hate being nickeled dimed to death...He just did trims on 2 - 70$ 30 for trims 10$ barn fee
Then when it comes time to put shoes on it cost me 125 for shoes all around ,then 10 for barn fee and 10 for pulling shoes off...

Ya know I don't mind getting screwed as long as I'm getting some excitement out of it..:twisted:
 

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A fee for pulling shoes?? Eeek! D: Mine doesn't charge a barn fee, I pay $25 for a trim, and I think it's $35 for a trim and front shoes.
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Yeah, that doesn't really sound right. Maybe ask him if he can decide on one fee or the other? lol. I pay $35 for a trim and $65 for shoes, but I board at a farm with 15 horses there so he gives us a deal. He has never charged to pull them off, just included in a trim. Plus, he's darn nice to look at too:D!
 

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I pay $80 to trim two horses. My farrier never sticks to a schedule, seldom answers the phone, and often will just show up at a horse show and trim my horse there. It's pretty unprofessional but he has the monopoly on farrier services, there is no one else.
 

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It is weird to charge somebody for pulling shoes. To me that should be included. My farrier charges $50 for front shoes and a trim on all. IDK what he would charge for a trim only.
 

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The farrier that I'm using now doesn't charge a barn fee if he trims more than 4 horses. It's $20 a trim. I don't know about shoes because I've never had shoes put on. He doesn't charge to pull them off even if he didn't put them on.
 

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My farrier is $50 for trims, and $95 for fronts, all around if $160 (I think). No fees for pulling shoes...

And no farm fee :)
 

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What so you pay your farrier?
Does your farrier charge a barn fee?
Does your farrier charge you to pull the shoes that he put on off?

reason Im asking is that mine charges me a 10$ barn fee. He started that when the cost of diesel went up... This I can kinda deal with....

He also charges me 10$ a pr to pull shoes off. that he put on....This bothers me. In my 30 + yrs of having horses I have NEVER paid this.
He does great work is always on time and knowledgeable but ya know I hate being nickeled dimed to death...He just did trims on 2 - 70$ 30 for trims 10$ barn fee
Then when it comes time to put shoes on it cost me 125 for shoes all around ,then 10 for barn fee and 10 for pulling shoes off...

Ya know I don't mind getting screwed as long as I'm getting some excitement out of it..:twisted:
I've actually never heard of that to be honest. It sounds a little extreme to me. It's unfortunate gas went up, but what does it have to do with horses?? it's part of the business he's in. It's something he should be covering, not you. As for removing shoes? again never seen or hear of a farrier do that. That's normall included as part of the trim or re-shoeing fee. My farrier never charged a barn or shoe removal fee. That really adds up to your regular shoeing fees eh.

Maybe time to find a new farrier?
 

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My farrier charges 35 for a trim, 85 for trim and front shoes, and I'm pretty sure its 100 for all four shoes and a trim. Our barn farrier charges I think 45-50 for a trim and 100 for a trim and front shoes. He does all sorts of stuff too like paint the horses hooves with sealant before letting them go. But I've never heard of a farrier charging to pull shoes that he's put on, especially if he's going to put a new pair back on.
 

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my farrier charges £45 for a full set of shoes £10 for trimming the feet and he'll sometimes come out if one shoe comes off and put it back on for free :)
 

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One of my first threads on this forum was about my new farrier's fees - he charged me $30. to come tack a shoe back on, and failed to mention the fee before I set up the appointment. I really questioned at the time whether that was standard practice or legitimate.

Here's what I found out - there's a huge regional variation in farrier practices and policies; no way to judge if the $30. lost shoe fee was typical or not.

Here's what else I found out: My guy is an excellent farrier. He's improved my horses' way of going and overall soundness, and he's an honest, decent guy. Always on time, no matter the weather, reliable and a good horseman.

Farriers' cost of doing business has gone up dramatically over the last several years; not just the cost of diesel but the cost of shoes, nails and tools have risen steeply along with the price of steel. If he charges a farm call fee (my neighbor and and I split it) or any other fee, including that **** lost shoe fee, in order to recover his cost and make it worth while for him to keep shoeing, I'll pay it. I don't think he's getting wealthy off of me; as a matter of fact, considering the physical toll on their bodies, most farriers are underpaid.

If you like your farrier, he does a good job with your horses and is reliable, I would smile, shrug and pay it. Chances are he's just tinkering with his pricing trying to distribute cost fairly and break even.

Oh, and *this morning* I paid mine $215 - $10 farm call, $25 trim, $75 fronts only, $105 plain steel all around.

HTH
 

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It seems like even if your farrier is charging a barn fee and charging to pull shoes he is still quite competitive pricewise and if you like the job he is doing then leave it alone and happily pay him.
 

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It seems like even if your farrier is charging a barn fee and charging to pull shoes he is still quite competitive pricewise and if you like the job he is doing then leave it alone and happily pay him.
Well put, Kevin. Honestly, if he did not actually break down the charges in an itemized fashion, would you balk at the total price or feel it was a fair rate? The fact of the matter is that all farriers are charging for the removal, he is just putting it out there where as others are including the "fee" in their total charge for the visit.

To answer your question, we pay $80 total per visit which is $30 per horse for a trim and $20 for the farm call.
 

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my farrier is £40 for shoeing £15 just for trimming no call out fee and no charge for removing old shoes,how would he put new shoes on without calling out and taking the old ones off?
 

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I've used the same farrier for over 20 years, love him to death, he's great at what he does. He gave me Dixie (which maybe was a curse because she has heaves, LOL).

Anyway, he charges $35.00 for a trim. That's all I have done. No shoes on my girls. He does not charge for barn calls or pulling shoes off or anything extra.
 

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You need to find a new farrier, I pay $25 for a trim and no barn fee, I don't know about shoes because I don't shoe my horses. I would definitly be looking around for a new 1 and before I hired one I would make sure of their fee's.
 

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You need to find a new farrier, I pay $25 for a trim and no barn fee, I don't know about shoes because I don't shoe my horses. I would definitly be looking around for a new 1 and before I hired one I would make sure of their fee's.
When I hired my farrier 12 years ago I was paying half the fees. You have to remember that farriers are (typically) self-employed businesspeople. And like all self employed businesspeople, they must adapt and change with the growing economy. You don't get a coke for $0.10 a bottle nowadays, but you did back in the old days!

OP, I would say your farrier is recouping his costs on the changing economy - I'd personally be happy that he's not charging mileage, as that can add up, or fees for other work he does that he could probably tack on.
If he's great at his job and you're happy, leave him be. If you switch, he might "take it in the nose", as my mother would say, and if your new farrier was crummy your old one might not come back.
 

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It's unfortunate gas went up, but what does it have to do with horses?? it's part of the business he's in. It's something he should be covering, not you.
I don't agree with that. If you're job is driving from client to client and gas prices go up and you don't also raise your prices then eventually you're not makng any money at all. - I have a job that requires driving back and forth to many clients and if I don't raise my rates as gas prices go up then I'm out of an income! My only other option is to quit and find a new job. Which would put you in a pickle.

however, a $10 fee seems kind of high.


But to answer the question. I pay $35 for a natural "barefoot" trim.
I don't do shoes.
 

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My farrier was out today. No clue what the separate charges are but he charges me $99 for trims on 2 horses and 1 set of front shoes and he has an hour trip one way.

He does an awesome job and calls if he's running late. Even spent a good amount of time teaching me various things. Today he worked with me on picking up her feet.... she happily picks them up for everyone BUT me! :?
 
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