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Re: [RC] Cost of Shoeing - Suzi Maiorisi

This is true, too...my first shoer, when I went to him after his first time with her and told him that she's now forging a lot made a comment something like 'Maybe she likes to hear her feet hit...' NOT, charged me $45 for trim and shoes on the front...I'd gladly pay more (which I now do) to have her moving better and not 'listening to her feet hit'!!
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Sent: Thursday, December 09, 2004 11:56 AM
Subject: Re: [RC] Cost of Shoeing

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

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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