Just brought in a boarder's horse from snowy paddock and went to pick out his feet.. both front shoes twisted. Called farrier at around 630pm and he was out right away (30 minute drive) to pull them off. Shame on me for not having the tools to do so myself, but bless him for coming so quickly, family in tow!
Now is the time to boast about how awesome our farriers are.. they deserve it!
I moved 1,500 miles away from a fantastic farrier and spent 8 months watching my horse fall apart before my eyes while I went from farrier to farrier trying to find one who would 1. show up and 2. do a decent job.
Finally as a last resort I used one who I had been told above all else to avoid. But as I met more people I met more and more people who recommended him, and as I got more training customers I rode more and more horses done by him, and they were fine, and I figured with my horse by now crippled on three legs he couldn't get much lamer, so finally I had this guy come out.
He put on a fancy pair of flip flops and within 24 hours the horse was 98% sound, and could trot under saddle for 10 or 15 minutes. Another couple of weeks in the flip flops and the diagnosed heel pain dissipated to a completely sound horse that I cantered for the first time in months.
AND he schedules his next appointment at the end of the current appointment, and always shows up 5 minutes early.
We possibly have the best farrier in the world - sets up appointments and is there on time, or calls if there is a problem, meets our vet any time day or night to work on Willie (my SCC and laminitis survivor ( so far !!! ) Arabian, keeps our bills as low as he possibly can, is wonderful with the horses, has kept my old TB as sound as possible with his problems, keeps up-to-date on the latest medical advances, actually cares about DH and me, as well as our horses, and always looks at me like I'm nuts when I tell him how wonderful he is. There is no doubt in my mind that Willie would never have made it this far without him. We love him.
I love my farrier - very reasonable for the area and kept my old jumper sound throughout his whole career...and this horse should not have been sound - club foot and built funny.
I used to have lessons Friday late afternoons and again on Saturday mornings - horse pulled a shoe duering the Friday evening lesson...left a voicemail for my farrier, fully expecting not to ride over the weekend. Showed up to the barn early Saturday morning just to watch lessons and lo andbehold - my farrier had already been out and tacked the shoe back on. He is the best!
THANK YOU MELISSA!!! You are awesome. You helped develop a much healthier hoof in my mare, and have kept my previously severely-neglected-foundered-pony sound. You are 5 weeks all year round, on the dot, you are more than happy to work with my vet, and you answer any question I work up the courage to ask. And you travel from FL to MA.
A HUGE THANK YOU TO ALL THE AWESOME FARRIERS!
"On the back of a horse I felt whole, complete, connected to that vital place in the center of me...and the chaos within me found balance."
I have two horses and both of their farriers are fantastic! Red's farrier has come out same day when he lost a shoe three days before leaving for a show (farrier lives two hours away!).
My old guy, Raalph's farrier is a gem! He is a semi-retired farrier from a STB track and took Raalph and a few of our "oldies" on as his projects... no charge! He just appreciates being able to help the horses and work with them! I gave up trying to pay him so I make him cookies instead I always know when he has trimmed Raalph's feet because he has a case of "happy feet" and all of a sudden the 34 year old horse is jumping, bucking and leaping!
Good farriers are so hard to find! I feel lucky to have known several over the years!
Becky & Raalph
In Loving Memory of Gabriel, 1998-2005
I love my farrier. He is rarely on time, but always calls to let me know the revised time which is never very much longer. I believe it's give and take, as I know he goes to his other customers late when I have an emergency.
I, too, love my farrier. He shows up early, texts me in advance with his ETA, does a nice job, is good to my horse, and he's HILARIOUS! Heck, last time he was out I had him laughing so hard he actually had to stop rasping, lol! Wouldn't trade him for anything