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To Call Another Farrier or Not?

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    To Call Another Farrier or Not?

    My farrier is the best except that...he's not great with returning phone calls in a timely manner. My horse pulled a shoe on Sunday. I know my farrier only works Mon.-Fri., but I left a message that afternoon anyways because I know that he usually only answers phone calls in the late evenings or early mornings. It's now getting to be mid-day Tuesday and no word thus far. It's possible that he may be out of town or busy this week if it's his kid's spring break.

    Unfortunately, my horse pulls shoes...occasionally...even though his feet are in good condition and my farrier does a fantastic job. I feel bad having to use another farrier and usually, I try to give my farrier as much time as possible to get back to me, but when is enough, enough? Should I give my farrier more time? Should I call another farrier considering that his kid may be on spring break? What to do...
    Originally posted by RugBug
    Don't throw away opportunities because they aren't coming in exactly the form you want them to.

    Call him again, maybe he didn't get it or forgot to get back with u.


      I would call someone else and let him know you are going to since he's busy and can't get back with you.

      I had a horse lose a shoe and my farrier was out of town for the weekend. I texted him saying I was going to call another farrier to see if they could come tack it on and did he mind. Of course he didn't.

      Normally, they don't mind. It saves them the time and trip to go nail on a shoe if someone else will take the time and gas to get to it first.

      It's not like your cutting them off totally, you just need the shoe back on


        We (DH is a farrier) always change the message on the answering machine on the very rare occasion we're going to be away, along with phone numbers of covering farriers.

        Is there another farrier that goes to your barn? Perhaps call him/her and see if they're scheduled to be there very soon?

        I know DH will tack on a shoe for someone if he happens to be at a farm - and other farriers in the area will do the same for him. No hard feelings there - but I would keep your guy in the loop.


          My farrier is famous for the no returned phone calls in an emergency. If my horse loses a shoe, he is lame. Farrier has to come out within a reasonable time (i give 2 days max). We have a love/hate relationship...somehow it works.
          Esmarelda, "Ezzie" 1999 Swedish Warmblood

          "The world is best viewed through the ears of a horse."


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            I really wish my farrier would change the message on the answering machine like you guys do (I bet your clients really appreciate it)! And I've contacted another farrier that has been to the barn (and happened to be there when I noticed my horse had bent a shoe so he saw my horse then) and there's another farrier that the barn owners use if that other farrier doesn't call back. Ugh!

            Luckily my horse is not one to be incredibly "ouchy" when he pulls a shoe--So, if one lays off of riding a horse when a shoe has been pulled and they're not noticeably lame, is it too horrible if the shoe is not able to be replaced for a few days? As I always feel like such a bad owner when this happens but what can you do!?
            Originally posted by RugBug
            Don't throw away opportunities because they aren't coming in exactly the form you want them to.


              The best you could do is duct tape the foot if the feet are prone to chipping without shoes. If the hoof wall is not of good quality to begin with, you might consider keeping the horse inside if you have wet, muddy paddocks like we do (to avoid the wet/dry cycle). Hoof boots are another option. Best not to ride, to be on the safe side.

              Don't feel like a bad owner, pulled shoes are just a part of keeping shod horses! It's bound to happen eventually....
              Last edited by tarynls; Mar. 22, 2011, 07:40 PM. Reason: addt'l info


                Get a correctly sized, inexpensive 'emergency' boot like this and you can keep right on riding until the shoe is reset.