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  • Farrier who won't clean up after himself

    Any thoughts on how to handle this concern? I am at a barn where one of the farriers shoes the horses in his care in the barn aisle and refuses to clean up after himself. He leaves piles of hoof clipping and old/new nails laying all over and just departs without sweeping up. I have found his mess several times when I have gone to ride my horse and am concerned that someone (equine or human) are going to end up with a nail in their foot. It really frustrates me and the barn manager can't seem to get this guy to clean up after himself. Any suggestions on what to do? Does anyone else have this problem??

  • #2
    I was married to a farrier for 12 years and have had a few others in the last 40. Never expected a farrier to clean up when there done nor does anyone around here that I know off. We hire them to trim and shoe only.
    Quality doesn\'t cost it pays.


    • #3
      I trim my own now, but before I did, I always cleaned up after my farrier... both when they were at home and when I boarded.
      "We are all doing the best we can from our own level of consciousness.”
      ― Deepak Chopra


      • #4
        Where is the barn help?
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        • #5
          I've never had one clean up after him/ herself. The vet doesn't either. I just figure on it being part of the deal.


          • #6
            I've never seen a farrier clean up after himself, ever.

            I'd rather do it than pay more for his time.

            It's the responsibility of the owner of the horse who was done, or the barn owner, or the stable help,



            • #7
              U WHAT??????

              Go Ahead complain to the farrier, I dare you. They're job is already hard enough without having to be Mr Clean. I would lick up my farrier's mess if I had to in order to keep my horse sound.They are paid for thier expertise with a rasp and hammer, not a freaking broom. I have never seen one that leaves nails in a high traffic area, usually they are swept to the side of the aisle or where ever into a nice obvious pile.


              • #8
                One of the farriers that works my barn sweeps up after himself, even carries his own broom, but that is considered unusual.
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                • #9
                  I will often pick up a broom and start cleaning up after myself,but I don't have a single client who will let me get away with it if they catch me,they will take the broom out of my hand!!
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                  • #10
                    Mine would never leave old or new nails lying around. The rest is no big deal.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Tiempo View Post
                      I will often pick up a broom and start cleaning up after myself,but I don't have a single client who will let me get away with it if they catch me,they will take the broom out of my hand!!
                      Same here. None of my clients would expect me to sweep up after myself but most know I like to sweep up between horses just because I like my working area clean (leaving it in a pile off to the side, out of my way). I don't know where each and every barn wants things dumped. But then I won't work in a barn by myself so either a client or a staff member is around when I work anyway.


                      • #12
                        Never occured to me to ASK my farrier to clean up - after he spends all that time and energy taking care of my horses, I figure I owe it to him to do that little bit of dirty work myself! Not only that, but I sweep up in between horses, too, as I thin he deserves a decently clean area to work in.
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                        • #13
                          I'm in the camp of those who say they would be willing to lick the aisle clean after the farrier! The horse's owner should be the one to clean up after the farrier, not the farrier himself.


                          • #14
                            May I just say, LOFFF U farriers. Mine will start to clean, but I usually take the broom. How dare that mare Seriously, it is a dangerous thankless job that makes or breaks a horse, no need for sweeping to be added to the job describtion.


                            • #15
                              The farrier who taught my course encouraged us to clean up after ourselves. When I remember, I do--if I can find a broom, and if the owner lets me. Sometimes, though, I'm just too tired to think about it. When I pull shoes, I always clean up the nails.

                              When I hired a farrier, I never expected him/her to clean up after himself. I've never had them leave nails laying around, though. Old nails went into the tool box. If he forgot one or two, I'd pick them up. I wouldn't have let one clean up--I always figured it was my job as the ownern.

                              Perhaps you can remind the person who is having the work done to clean up when the farrier is done.
                              "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."


                              • #16
                                I've never met a farrier who cleaned up either. After all the work he does I have no problem sweeping a broom through the aisle.


                                • #17
                                  Holy C, I'm super lucky.
                                  My farrier is prompt, reliable, personable, CUTE!!!!!!!!!, does a great job on my two TB's, and always completely cleans up after himself. We've told him we'll do it but he insists. He's great about getting all of the nails too.
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                                  • #18
                                    They get paid plenty. Any Tradsman worth his salt can clean up after himself. Or go find another barn to shoe for! Same goes for the vets,when they work in my barn , they pick up what they drop. They are not gods, nor will my help spend time cattering to them. My barn .... my rules


                                    • #19
                                      SWAT, squish, spray the nasty fly. Again they are paid for thier PRICELESS PONY SAVING expertise in areas other than sweeping.


                                      • #20
                                        I don't know of any other profession where it's considered acceptable to leave a big mess behind your job. I just think it's professional to clean up after yourself.

                                        My farrier made a point to tell me that he always sweeps his mess, but I don't give him the chance. When he is here I am always there asking questions, being useless, so as he works, I sweep. And if he reaches for the broom when he's done, I snatch it away and insist on doing it. I am so thankful to have a good farrier.

                                        On the other hand, I know that if I were not there, he would sweep up. He's just that kind of guy. I have never had a farrier leave a big mess. I'd question his work ethic.