Keeping your horse in top condition is necessary especially if you are competing. Your horse’s feet need to be well taken care of in order for them to perform at their very best.
So just how do you find a good farrier? Here are some tips to help you out.
- Ask your local veterinarian and if you can, ask an equine vet. They should have the names of local farriers and have an idea of what kind of reputation they have.
- Ask other horse owners. A word of mouth referral is a pretty good way to find a quality farrier. You may able to also see some of their work if they have done any for your family or friends. Remember; it’s ok to ask for referrals from a farrier if you need to.
- Look for one online. Many farriers have websites these days and the ones who don’t generally have a Facebook page. Looking online also may reveal whether or not that farrier has any reviews from clients.
Do They Have Any Education
It’s not required that a farrier have any type of education however, you still want a farrier that has a good solid knowledge of the trade and some years of experience.
Some farriers have trained under other farriers and they have experience and extensive knowledge. Asking the right questions can certainly help you make a better decision.
Cheapest Is Not Always Best
You have heard the old saying “you get what you pay for.” Nothing could be truer in this case. Try and avoid hiring the cheapest farrier around.
If they do a poor job, it can lead to unwanted vet bills that can add up into the thousands of dollars.
How Well Do They Listen To You and Work With Your Horse
It’s really important to find a farrier that listens to you and works well with your horse. Every horse has quirks and different personalities. That means you need someone who can adapt to your horse’s needs without causing you or the horse stress.
Keeping these things in mind will help you find the right farrier for you