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Re: [RC] Cost of Shoeing - Sisu West Ranch

The cost of shoeing varies greatly depending on the area of the country. Talk to other horse owners in area and find out what the range of charges are.

If one wants a sound horse that can "go the distance" the cost should be the least of your worries. Around here there are some cheap farriers, who advertise in the newspaper. My farrier is one of the most expensive ones in the valley and has more clients than he can handle. The difference is in the shoeing job.

The shoes stay on.
The horses do not interfear.
Their gaits are proper, for their conformation.
For a nominal fee he has trained some of our horses to stand properly.

On the other hand, I tried a similarly priced farrier and found that all our horses lost shoes with great regularity. There also are some highly praised farriers who specialize in "show horses". Some of them know lots of tricks to make a horse move in the way the show judge wants. This can be disasterous for an endurance horse that has some conformation issues.

If your horses are sound, if the shoes stay on, if your farrier shows up on time, count your blessings and pay his/her bill.

Ed & Wendy Hauser
2994 Mittower Road
Victor, MT 59875

(406) 642-9640



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