Probably depends on the farrier and where they are used to working. Many of ours will always sweep up but I always tell them, don't worry about it, I will get it.
Some that work at big barns/A barns are used to having full time staff that sweep up. And this could be the issue the OP is facing.
I know in the construction business there are tradesmen that will leave a big fat mess - were talking food wrappers, nails, wood, shavings etc because they are used to being on jobs where the superintendents hire a cleaning crew everyday but not all jobs have that kind of budget.
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My farrier as a way of cupping the hoof in his hand when he clips the nails...never drops any.
Mine brings his wife along and we have a great time talking horse! Mr. Ez usually comes with me so it's kind of a party. Sometimes his wife or Mr Ez sweeps after each foot, sometimes I do and sometimes between horses the farrier does it.
I would never expect him to do it, though. I like to sweep after each foot so he has a clean work area.
I have to dissent with most. I don't know a single farrier that doesn't clean up after himself at our barn. We have 3 farriers that have a regular/posted schedule, and another 3-5 that come in on an as needed/phone call basis. Every single one of them sweeps the alleyway, bare minimum, with most grabbing a shovel and wheelbarrow and hauling it out. The one who just sweeps it in a pile is considered messy.
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Not to high jack the tread but I am having a similar issue! I don't really mind the clippings but the old and new nails really concern me. The farrier uses the grooming stall that has a rubber mat with grooves. Even when swept by the barn staff there are still nails left behind. Would it be out of line to ask the farrier to use his magnetic tool to pick up the left over nails? Last time I found 14nails and picked then up by hand.
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I don't care how good they are, nails and metal shards should not be left around. I pay $300 to have my farrier do my mare. I can't be there, so I expect him or one of the barn employees to leave the area safe. You cannot convince me that is unreasonable!
I would happily do it myself, if I were there.
A different farrier didn't clean up after himself recently... I found a nail embedded in my barn boots. I'm thankful it lodged in there, and not in a horse's foot!!!
If the aisle is already a mess, i wouldnt really pitch a fit over hoof trimmings.... If the aisle is clean, well, come on... at least sweep it out of the walkway. And always pick up the nails!!! One of my favorite barns to board at required the farriers to remove all nails new and old and had a big sign with a magnet catcher hung up next to it.... no excuse there.
Just seems to me if you make a mess, clean it up. Of course if Im out with the farrier, I am more than happy to sweep up for them out of courtesy...even if it isnt my farrier :P
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I don't expect a farrier to stop and clean up after himself. If they do, cool. If they don't, it's not like I have such an amazing glut of local highly skilled reasonably priced farriers to pick from that the cleaning is seriously going to be the tie-breaker.
It takes me <30 sec to wheel my magnet-on-a-stick around and nab any nail bits left behind after the farrier leaves. It's just a part of the routine on days he's here.
It is really useful to actually keep a decent broom, flat shovel, and trash receptacle near the farrier work area if you want the mess cleaned up. A decent broom is a large stiff push broom IN GOOD CONDITION, NOT A CORN BROOM WITH A SPLINTERED HANDLE WITH ALL THE BRISTLES ROTTED OFF!!!
Professionalism is often sorely lacking amongst farriers. I'm sure if people got past "never shows up on time" and "can't work without a cooler full of beer", they would get to "he's a da*n slob" would get mentioned.
If there is a broom and dustpan or shovel around, we sweep up after we are done. If we're on dirt, we drag a magnet to make sure no nail bits got missed, and rake up the hoof trimmings that are big enough to rake.