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  • how much for 4 normal shoes?

    It's been a long time since I've had a horse with 4 shoes. I moved to a new area last fall and subsequently got a new farrier. Horse drastically injured a hoof shortly after the move and required special shoeing (normal shoes, but special expertise to attach the shoe) for which I was charged $200 for all 4 shoes.
    Now horse is back to normal and farrier is still charging me $200 for a set of 4 normal steel shoes. I'm getting frustrated, because horse can't keep these shoes on for longer than 4 weeks now that he's turned out 12 hours a day, which has never been a problem before. So it's going to be $200 a month, which is very hard to swallow when I used to pay $85 for front shoes every 8-10 weeks. How much am I being overcharged, if at all? Horse is a show horse, but is currently out of normal work due to the injury and is just a pasture puff until his brain returns to normal (we're close, plan to start him back in work in a couple weeks). He's a TB with normal TB issues, but nothing dramatic (anymore, now that the injury has healed).


    ETA: he's lost 3 of the 4 shoes; the one shoe he hasn't lost in the last week is the one on the now-healed hoof. So losing the shoes is not related to the injury.

  • #2
    Depends on where you are...I pay more than that for a simple set of 4 steel shoes, but I am in the mid-atlantic region, where everything seems to be more expensive.


    • #3
      I currently pay $110 for a set of four size 00 ultralights (Paso Finos have small feet).
      What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!


      • #4
        Central AL
        horses live out 24/7
        Last edited by katarine; Jun. 19, 2013, 03:07 PM.


        • #5
          I don't have shod horses anymore, but the local farriers charge about $110 for a set of 4 regular shoes.
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          • #6
            Most average (not the specialty ones - they are more) farriers around here charge about $125 for a full basic set.

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            • #7
              Sounds like you need a better farrier - 24/7 turn out does not cause thrown shoes. I worked at a farm that had 30 horses on 24/7 turnout (seperately). and we maybe only had 1 or 2 lost shoes a month. My current OTTB who is out 24/7 still has his racing plates on (has had them for over a month) and they are still secure, even without clips!


              • #8
                Definitely depends on location. I think I pay 90-something for a trim and 2 new shoes (regular steel shoes) and 82 for a trim and reset of those shoes. I think it would be somewhere about $100-110 for 4 regular shoes and a trim.

                My horse who wore two front bar shoes was 120-something for two bar shoes (barefoot behind). THat is in N. FL though. If I were in Wellington, I think that would have been astronomically higher (a couple hundred more at least). )

                Is it very wet where you are? When it gets wet here, horses drop shoes like flies as their feet just start to disentigrate. Bringing them in at night to get them off the wet grass so their feet can dry helps a lot!


                • #9
                  I pay $120 for a full set of regular steel shoes (clips on the hinds). Your location may help determine what is normal fit your area. In NJ prices are all over the place. Some people pay around what I pay and some pay up to $250 even more for a full set.
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                  • #10
                    $160 for 4 steel with quarter clips
                    Near Louisville, Kentucky


                    • #11
                      Western NY, I pay $90 for 4 standard shoes on my TB, reset ~every 5 weeks. She is due next week, and so far all 4 are still tight and she out in a group at least 12 hours every night.



                      • #12
                        Also Western NY and I used a farrier what was known to be pretty reasonable for my area and I was paying $100 for just fronts several years back.

                        OP, you say yourself that you were paying for standard shoes before why do you suddenly think the same standard shoes with the same expertise will be cheaper? Your farrier does not suddenly become less knowledgeable when you no longer need that knowledge.


                        • #13
                          I pay $130 for just fronts. I believe a full set is around $200+


                          • #14
                            In Central VA, I pay $80 for plain steel up front and trimmed behind, or $110 for plain steel all the way around.

                            My farrier lives ~7 miles away from me, which I think helps.

                            My horses have excellent feet and rarely (Once in 4 years) throw shoes, but they really do need doing every 5 weeks because they grow A LOT of foot - the toe gets too long and their angles change too much if they go longer than 5.
                            The plural of anecdote is not data.


                            • #15
                              It varies depending on whether the shoes or reset or new ones or used, but on average I pay ~$150 for 4 shoes with clips. Current horse has less than ideal feet and gets shoes on a 5 week schedule during the winter and 4 week schedule during the summer. I was paying about $180 on the horse with pads in front, every 5-6 weeks.


                              • #16
                                In Ontario, I pay 150 for front show shoes and a back foot trim for my daughter's small pony......admittedly our farrier is one of the best I have ever encountered, so I am happy to pay.


                                • #17
                                  It might be more useful to find out what people in your immediate area are paying for shoeing, as it seems to vary quite a bit, just looking at responses to this thread. I pay $125 for full shoes, just basic steel, and then there is a surcharge for any additional stuff like pads or different shoes (aluminum or bars or whatever). He's probably a little higher than average for my area, but only if you throw all the backyard yokels into the mix...if I had to use most of them, I'd pull my horses' shoes and trim them myself!

                                  But no matter what you are paying, to be losing shoes that often is not acceptable. That alone, if my farrier could not or would not fix, would be reason to change. Unless there was some other reason, like horrible mud, but I would think if your horse had soundness issues, you wouldn't be turning it out in bad conditions.


                                  • #18
                                    I pay $155 for 4 shoes ($150 if its a reset). My Morgan is done every five weeks; I maaaaay eek out a six week interval in the dead of winter. We live in Maryland, about an hour outside DC and Baltimore.


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                                      • #20
                                        Mine is $90 or so for 4 keg shoes. Morgan.
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