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[RC] I love this! (was:More Money (was: barefoot trim) - Terry Banister

Ha, ha! I think I'm sick! I love this! I am trying not to respond, but I can't stand just lurking.

"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."

Gasoline and time alone justify that amount! Most horseshoeing jobs around here cost at least $100, and very few farriers do hot shoeing anymore. Most certified hoof-care specialists have spend as much on schooling as the local farriers. Then there are the non-certified versions of both. . l

Terry

> From: katswig@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [RC] More Money (was: barefoot trim)
> Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2008 12:27:27 -0700
>
> 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
> feet.
>
> "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
> sweat.
>
> kat
> Orange County, Calif.
> :)
>
>
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