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Dressage Shoeing: What's Reasonable?

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  • Dressage Shoeing: What's Reasonable?

    I was having a discussion with my fellow Dressage enthusiasts and we were talking about what we pay to have our horses shod and what is reasonable. I thought the best way to settle this, and how to get the best answers would be to ask the mass amounts of people here....

    So, what do you all pay for like... a basic 4 foot trim and 2 front shoes? Nothing special, no corrective craziness. Or... just tell me what you've got on your horse. Include where you're at too, because I know prices can vary depending on your region.

    Right now... I'm thinking that my friend is over paying $150 for her horse to have a trim and two front shoes, but she says in her area this is normal.

    What say you??

  • #2
    I'm in southwest Florida and pay $150 for four shoes, nothing special except the shoer is excellent! Some other shoers in the area may be cheaper but they don't do the kind of work this fellow does. And he's 100% reliable, always shows up for his appointments.


    • #3
      A kiss on the cheek and a can of pop. (My dad is my farrier )


      • #4
        Here in NC, it's 70-100 for front shoe only, 100-120 for all around if you aren't doing anything exciting.


        • #5
          I'm in the Spokane area and my farrier charges $35 for a trim. He does a very good job from how he works with the horses to the quality of his work. I can't remember what his shoeing charges are but I remember they were quite reasonable, my mare does well without so we just haven't dealt with shoes.
          Last edited by Sanely Eccentric; Jan. 13, 2011, 08:48 PM. Reason: Clarification


          • #6
            $120 for front only, nothing special. Now in winter my horse is wearing snow pads, so it has gone up to $170 for trim all round and front shoes. I do find it very very expensive. Based in PA.


            • #7
              Northern Virginia $135 all four shoes. Normal feet. My friend pays $95 for just fronts and trim. Another friend pays $225 for hot shoeing all four.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Danged Arab View Post
                I'm in southwest Florida and pay $150 for four shoes, nothing special except the shoer is excellent! Some other shoers in the area may be cheaper but they don't do the kind of work this fellow does. And he's 100% reliable, always shows up for his appointments.

                For winter, I am putting four shoes, bubble snow pads and borium on, for 225.00.

                for a trim, I forget, it was bout $65.00 and I think one girl gets trim and 2 shoes for 85.00 or 95.00

                Mostly, though, no one is barefoot or getting only 2 shoes anymore. We generally feel why should they be sore when their footsies can feel great with four shoes. Doesn't really do them any favors to not have shoes. Its rocky here, and lots of gravel.
                Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.


                • #9
                  In Southern California I was paying 80-120 for front shoes depending on configuration of shoes, pads, etc.


                  • #10
                    Wellington: 4 normal hot shoes = $300.00 from a great farrier....


                    • #11
                      $275 for four shoes, front pads, excellent farrier.

                      $350 for the winter when we add carbide tips and add snow rim pads behind.


                      • #12
                        $200 for 4 shoes, nothin' special in Central Ohio
                        He heard the low voice of mercy, not the loud acclaim of glory.


                        • #13
                          I think it really varies depending on the area. My two horses at the dressage barn 2 hours north of me get the following: basic trim all around and 2 front reg steel shoes $95; basic trim all around and steel shoes on all, with wedge pads and equithane up front $140.

                          Now my shoer down here, who is a heckuva lot better than the guy up north is just $85 for the half shoes and would be more for the special guy ($165 I think). For my area, he's probably in the upper tier of pricing, but he's also well worth it!


                          • #14
                            When I was having her shod, just steels up front, and half the time he didn't trim the hinds, it was $80. That was 5 years ago though. He didn't do a very good job (didn't know it at the time).

                            I shoe her myself now though, so it's just the cost of the materials. Eponas, Vibram pads, and the impression material. I chose that setup to give her a bit of a height boost in the front, since she's built a touch downhill. I really do love that package for her, and I'm getting about 6 months of wear out of the shoes since I ride only on soft sand with grass on top. I keep thinking I'll have to buy a new pair, but they just haven't worn past that initial slight rounding at the toe from the first week she wore them.


                            • #15
                              Horse Country Virginia:

                              $100 - front shoes (hot shoeing) and trim. Plus a $10 trip fee.
                              $35 for just trims.

                              It sounds like people on here are paying more for hot shoeing. Is that really the case? Am I getting a great deal? Hot shoeing is all my farrier does, swearing it results in a far better fit and healthier feet. For my part, I just think he's a great farrier, whatever his method.
                              Here Be Dragons: My blog about venturing beyond the lower levels as a dressage amateur.


                              • #16
                                SW Ohio, fronts steel shoes, back trim, hot fitting = $100

                                I think trims only were $40.

                                Farrier very good, always punctual, very good customer service. When my horse lost a shoe in the mud last winter, he came out that afternoon to re-shoe.


                                • #17
                                  I'm in SC, and luckily we do have a certified journeyman farrier with the AFA down here. I pay $85 for a trim all around and two fronts hot shod.


                                  • #18
                                    Front w/ pour in pads= $140
                                    Front Aluminum 3* wedge= $100
                                    Front Standard keg= $90
                                    All around keg= $175-drills and taps for studs n/c
                                    Trims on stall rest horses= n/c


                                    • #19
                                      Just got my horses done Wednesday. Trims are $30. My one got reset in front with snow pads and trim on hind for $65.


                                      • #20
                                        I pay $240 for all fours on one of mine. He gets wide web aluminum shoes up front, and is hot shod steel in the back. It's a bit pricey, but the farrier is fantastic. He spends about 2 hours on my horse. He has someone jog him before and after so he can see how he is moving and where any adjustments need to be made. He will check in once in a while to make sure everything's looking good. He even came to one of my shows once to watch. He really shows an interest in all his client horses besides just showing up and slapping the shoes on. This is in Northern VA.