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[RC] More Money (was: barefoot trim) - k s swigart

Terry Bannister said:

Farriers can also get more money by applying steel shoes.

Actually (and I have found this to be even more true now that the
"barefoot trim" is so vogue and "natural" so gullible people are willing
to pay exhorbitant sums for it), on a time/effort/materials basis,
farriers make much more money just trimming a horse than they do by
applying steel shoes.

Applying steel shoes is hard work, requires special (and quite
expensive) tools, and takes way longer than just trimming a horse's

"Your horse doesn't need steel shoes, that will be $60 for the special
barefoot trim" is one of the biggest boons to ever come along for "hoof
care specialists."  And if they won't apply steel shoes because it is
"unnnatural," even better for them, they don't even have to buy and
anvil or a forge (two of the expenisve tools that farriers need).

I have had way more farriers try to talk me out of putting steel shoes
on a horse than trying to talk me into it.  The last thing a farrier
wants to have to do on a hot day is light up the forge get out the tools
and bend iron.  And I have certainly never had my farrier complain in
the least when I tell him "we aren't putting shoes on this one."

He would much rather just trim horses' feet and not have to even break a

Orange County, Calif.


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