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My farrier has decided to no longer serve our barn. My paint has literally been seen by him since he was born (I bought him from my trainer) and my daughter's QH has been seen by him for 8 months. She is a picky, quirky mare and loves this farrier. So now I'm searching for a new farrier. I didn't really pick this one, he was doing such a good job with my paint, I just added my daughter's horse to his mix. Now what? I'm not even sure where to begin searching, or what to ask, or how to know if it's working out...and I'm terrified of something going wrong when we switch. I would appreciate farrier seeking advice.
 

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I have an email into him. Most of the ones on our vet's list say "Not taking new clients". We are at a shortage of good, performance farriers around here. There are a bunch that are cheaper, but we've tried one of those at first. Little care was taken to make sure angles were consistent, and the "bedside manner" was poor.

Would it be appropriate to ask reining barns around here who they use? That might be weird
 

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^I don't think that would be inappropriate. But prepared to hear that they may not take outside clients.
 

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^I don't think that would be inappropriate. But prepared to hear that they may not take outside clients.
Around here there is no barn big enough to have a full time farrier. Most of the barns have a farrier that comes in once a month, or in the bigger barns once a week. I think I'll start making some contact. Thank you.
 

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I can't be of much help to you- but I feel your pain of finding a decent farrier. Around here all of the reliable ones do a crappy job, the one that everyone worships at my old barn always trimmed my guy too short and made him lame, and the one good one that I've found is an hour away and only comes into the area once a week. I dread the day that he says he can no longer do my horse :(
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Also try calling Mission Farrier School up in Snomish and see if they can recommend someone, maybe they know a former student who is really good and is still taking on clients.
 

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Also try calling Mission Farrier School up in Snomish and see if they can recommend someone, maybe they know a former student who is really good and is still taking on clients.
Sent them a message a few hours ago! So far all the highly recommended ones aren't taking new clients...but I think I might have one that is making room for us in his schedule.
 

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I use Christina Cline. She's really good and patient with my horse. She only does trimming, no shoes.
I'm in whatcom county.
 

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I will ask some of the other boarders. They all use shoes on their horses. I've talked to the farrier and she seems very nice, and I think her shoeing jobs look nice enough, though they are not my horses so I never really critiqued it. I don't recall her name, but she trims some local camels also? If that helps?
 

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I will ask some of the other boarders. They all use shoes on their horses. I've talked to the farrier and she seems very nice, and I think her shoeing jobs look nice enough, though they are not my horses so I never really critiqued it. I don't recall her name, but she trims some local camels also? If that helps?
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Christina Cline did some trims for my mustang and I really liked her overall, but I found it difficult to get her scheduled some of the time.

Roger Saur trimmed and shod my horses when I was in Whatcom County. My understanding is that he does quite a bit of reining/western performance. He worked fairly well with my horses -- I had two very green mustangs that he managed to work nicely with.

You can also look up and see if there are any nearby farriers listed through the American Farrier's Association: The American Farriers Association
 

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Christina Cline did some trims for my mustang and I really liked her overall, but I found it difficult to get her scheduled some of the time.

Roger Saur trimmed and shod my horses when I was in Whatcom County. My understanding is that he does quite a bit of reining/western performance. He worked fairly well with my horses -- I had two very green mustangs that he managed to work nicely with.

You can also look up and see if there are any nearby farriers listed through the American Farrier's Association: The American Farriers Association
I have run across Roger at reining shows. We're in a different county, and that's why my current farrier isn't coming down anymore. I'm really hoping to find one in my county because it's a lot easier to get them to come out if you lose a shoe if they're local. But we're at least 30 minutes south of the Whatcom line, and that's a long way to come for one or two horses. I understand them not wanting to come down for that.
 

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I have a guy coming out to meet us, our horses, and the other owners who have to find a new farrier too. He's newer to the game. He recently graduated from the school in Oklahoma.

Now...what questions do I need to ask? This is more stressful than finding a vet because my horses will see him so often and his work can really make or break them. HELP!
 

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If you want someone in demand, ask them to put you on a waiting list. These good guys are always dropping problem clients who don't pay or have nasty horses. They get tired of hearing "I can't pay you now because......" The best farrier I've ever had was when I lived in New York. Had him for 19 years. He had a waiting list.

The other thing you can do is ask your departing farrier to tell you all the things that you should look for in a good job that he would do on your horse. Then , if you get a newly graduated farrier, interview him first, ask him what he thinks your horse needs . These things should be comparable.
 

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If you want someone in demand, ask them to put you on a waiting list. These good guys are always dropping problem clients who don't pay or have nasty horses. They get tired of hearing "I can't pay you now because......" The best farrier I've ever had was when I lived in New York. Had him for 19 years. He had a waiting list.

The other thing you can do is ask your departing farrier to tell you all the things that you should look for in a good job that he would do on your horse. Then , if you get a newly graduated farrier, interview him first, ask him what he thinks your horse needs . These things should be comparable.
This is great! Thank you. I will send an email off to the departing farrier now.
 
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