Here is what a poster put on Craigslist today… (I see farrier ads all the time but this one just really rubbed me the wrong way..)
“Trims - $25
Why should you pay barefoot trimmers that have never had formal education
More than a farrier that spent a lot of money learning how to take care of your horse
Would you go to a doctor that learned to take care of you from his brother
Or one who when to school. I have references to put behind my word just ask for them
When replying please include name and address as I have being having trouble with spam
So I thought about it for a while and decided to post a reply…
“Most horse owners who chose to have a barefoot trimmer are doing so because they are tired of farriers who don’t show up, don’t answer their phones, hit their horses, don’t finish the job, do an otherwise shoddy job trimming or shoeing their horses, and are overall rude people who gripe the client out for not having horses that don’t stand like statues.
Barefoot trimmers have not learned the bad habits of leaving high heels, long toes and carving out sole before putting on a shoe that doesn’t fit. Many clients complain that a week out from a traditional farrier trim their horses’ walls are cracking already. The attention to detail is lost and the communication with the client is nonexistent even when a veterinarian has said how the hoof should be trimmed. The farrier will all but ignore the pleas of the client and still leave a hoof that has heels that won’t allow the coffin bone to be placed in proper ground parallel position.
I don’t know what is taught at the horseshoeing school in Oklahoma but it obviously does not focus on proper bony column alignment or even how to run a successful business. Hitting horses and yelling at clients certainly looses business and passes along the word that horse owners don’t want to use such a person.
The proof is in the pudding and I personally wouldn’t have the client base (100+ clients/300+ horses) I do for the past six years only by word of mouth unless there was something about it that people liked for their horses.”
I’m waiting for my post to either be flagged or a few replies. I left it anonymous since I really can’t advertise because of my client load. Those reading it will immediately know who has written the reply and most likely agree with me.