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Farrier Etiquette

One of the most important members of your horse-care team, is your farrier.  Here are a few rules that will help you maintain a positive working relationship.

DO have your horse ready when your farrier arrives.  To make the most efficient use of time, catch and clean up your horse prior to your appointment time.

DO have a good place for the farrier to work.  Tie or hold your horse in a clean, dry, well lit area out of the weather.

Do try to have a reserve parking spot for your farrier.  Parking close to the work area is very convenient for your farrier.  If parking is a problem at your barn, try and find a location where you can hold your horse so that your farrier can have good access to his vehicle and tools.

DO teach your horse to stand still.  Don’t expect your farrier to train your horse to stand still, that’s your job!

DO keep your horse on a hoof care schedule.  Don’t let too much time pass between your farrier visits.  Scheduling should be approximately every six weeks, or as deemed appropriate by your farrier.   During the winter month’s appointments can be scheduled further apart as your horse’s hooves grow slower.

DO minimize distractions.  Distractions can lead to accidents.  Farriers appreciate a quiet environment so that horses pay attention to them.

DO have an open dialogue with your farrier.  Your farrier is a professional who has been trained to do the job.  Do discuss how your horse is going, if you have any particular needs or questions, but let your farrier use their expertise to determine the best solution for your horse’s hoof needs.

Do respect your farrier’s time.  Your farrier is on a schedule and appreciates that his time is valuable and is used wisely.

DO pay your bill on time!  Have the payment ready upon completion of the visit.  If he/she mails you a bill, pay promptly!

DON’T expect your farrier to work on your horse when you are not there without his/her prior approval.

DON’T groom your horse while the farrier is working.   All thought this may seem common sense:  No grooming of any form while your farrier is working on your horse.  Not only are these activities a  distraction to your horse but the falling hair and dirt wouldn’t be appreciated by your farrier.



  Debbie Solano wrote @

This just seems like common sense. I cannot imagine grooming a horse while the farrier is working. How rude!

  eFarrier.com wrote @

All good tips. Sometimes people forget that farriers (at least the vast majority) are skilled professionals and deserve the same courtesy that you would extend to any other horse professional.

  Patricia Wooldridge (@PatWooldridge) wrote @

Larissa,thanks for these Farrier Etiquette tips. We all need to remember that our hard-working farrier’s time is just as valuable as that of our veterinarian. On an ordinary day, the work is strenuous enough, although to us it may not look it. (The back really takes a beating.) Add to that, unneeded distractions that make the horse uneasy, and the work will be SO much more difficult.

  horny wrote @

Great post!

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