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[RC] re: cost of shoeing - oddfarm

Chris said,
"Currently I get charged 95$ every 6 weeks and the shoes are removed, trimmed and I guess put back on...is that a good price?"
You guess??? Honey, I hope you know exactly what your farrier is doing or your horse could be in deep doo-doo.

How many times does he use the same shoes? Does he even talk to you about your horses feet?
If your blacksmith is knowledgeable, comes when he or she is called and doesn't have to come back out to replace loose/missing shoes in-between visits, pay them. And don't expect to buy the shoes  yourself and have your farrier give you a cheaper price. The cost of materials are minimum compared to the skill, expertise and experience it takes to keep your horse sound.
Don't tell your farrier how to do his job. On the other hand, don't be ignorant about it either.
Telling the blacksmith how to shoe a horse is like teaching a pig to sing. It annoys the pig and is a waste of time :)
Lisa Salas, The Odd fArm
My farrier wears this shirt proudly. It says, "I can only please one person a day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking good either." I bought him that shirt so it had BETTER be my day when he comes ;)