A visit from the farrier
Today the farrier came. I had two horses trimmed and two horses had shoes pulled. I also held horses for two other owners.
Farrier (aka Shoer) visit should be every 6-10 weeks depending on the horse, but the general rule of thumb is every 8 weeks. Horses can be trimmed or have shoes put on. I could write forever and not even begin to cover all of the details of having a visit from the shoer, but here are some highlights of things farriers have expressed to me:
1. Be on time. For farriers, time is money and when you are late, they are not working. I was 8 minutes late today (sorry Troy).
2. Have your horses exercised or worked prior to handling. If you don't handle your horses very much, make sure to spend some time with them the day before a visit.
Photo Caption: Shoe Sizes 6, 2, 1, 0, 00, 000 from left to right
3. If your horse isn't good about something (pulling back, dancing around, etc), work on it. Good farriers are hard to find. They are also not desperate for work, so good ones will fire you if your horses continually act up.
4. Tell the farrier if your horse has a particular issue or sensitive area.
5. If your horse is continually misbehaving, ask the farrier if they would like to correct the behavior. Farriers take a lot of risks, so it is important that the horses act appropriately.
6. Bring your checkbook. I rarely write checks, so I have been guilty of this on more than one occasion.
7. Don't forget your appointments. Write them down and ask your farrier if they can remind you (especially if you are forgetful).
Remember, your farrier is your connection to your horses feet. You should work with him/her to keep your horse healthy and sound!
This video shows a quick trim of one foot, in case you have never seen it before!