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    Long-story-short, our horses were shod Monday afternoon. We've had this farrier for about 6 months now and the person was working out very well, and was one of the more professional, reliable farriers with whom we've worked, which was refreshing. However, one shoe was not set properly on Monday afternoon as we discovered more closely on Tuesday morning while picking his feet, and we were fortunately able to remove the shoe. Called the farrier to request a return visit to reset the shoe; got a return call that they can't come back as they normally would due to a physical problem, and that they probably won't be shoeing for quite a while... so we're left in a lurch. It is unsafe and unfair to try and work a horse especially at this higher level, so we not only need the shoe reset, but we need a new farrier.

    Reside in the northern Calvert County area. Is there anyone who can recommend a knowledgeable, consistent, and dependable farrier? We're knowledgeable about their angles and shoes, and what works and doesn't work (don't want to fix it if it isn't broke...). We've called a few, and so far they are not accepting new clients, so I thought I'd try to obtain some suggestions here. And there are a few that we definitely would not use again. Please PM me with any farriers you could recommend for really nice, upper level dressage horses (2) and a couple of retired boys. Thanks so much in advance!

  • #2
    Did you not ask your good farrier who is having a medical issue who you should call to cover for him until he is back on his feet?


    • #3
      That's what I would have done. Or call the vet?
      COTH's official mini-donk enabler

      "I am all for reaching out, but in some situations it needs to be done with a rolled up news paper." Alagirl


      • #4
        You should edit the subject line to include your location.
        I have a Fjord! Life With Oden


        • #5
          I am more curious about this:
          However, one shoe was not set properly on Monday afternoon as we discovered more closely on Tuesday morning while picking his feet, and we were fortunately able to remove the shoe.
          In what way was a shoe "not set properly" that was so bad you felt the need to remove it without first consulting the farrier ? I ask becaise if a client if mine pulled off a shoe on their own the day after a shoeing without FIRST consulting me, especially if the horse was not lame, I might just decide to tell them they would have to find a new farrier because of what they had done.
          Patty Stiller CNBBT,CNBF,CLS, CE
          Natural Balance Certified Lameness Specialist ,instructor.


          • #6
            Originally posted by Patty Stiller View Post
            I am more curious about this: In what way was a shoe "not set properly" that was so bad you felt the need to remove it without first consulting the farrier ? I ask becaise if a client if mine pulled off a shoe on their own the day after a shoeing without FIRST consulting me, especially if the horse was not lame, I might just decide to tell them they would have to find a new farrier because of what they had done.
            I'm with Patty. Please define, "not set properly," who made that determination, who pulled the shoe and how the clinches were cut/straightened/rasped. The clinch business is rather important because a fresh, properly made, clinch is an integral part of the wall, not sitting atop on the wall, and it can be extremely difficult to cut/straighten/rasp without damaging the wall. Since you made no mention of lameness, might one assume the horse was not lame?
            Tom Stovall, CJF
            No me preguntes cualquier preguntas, yo te diré no mentiras.


            • #7
              OP makes me really laugh with this post.

              And good luck finding a new farrier - LOL!!!!!!!