Marquis Farrier Service
Horse Owner vs Farrier Responsibilities









Horse Owner Responsibility:

1.    Make appointments one to two weeks in advance and keep them.

2.    Have the horse caught and held in a dry, accessible area.

3.    Provide a good safe place to work - level, dry, plenty of light and shade if hot.

4.    Be available to hold the horse.

5.    Handle the horse’s feet regularly. Keep them free of disease and teach them to stand quietly for shoeing.

6.    Inform the Farrier of any behavioral or foot problems the horse may have.

7.    Have the horse’s feet clean and dry before the Farrier arrives.

8.    Take care of your horse. Schedule a re- shoeing before the hooves become over grown. Realize shoeing is a regular event.

9.    Pay the Farrier for services rendered.

10.                       Be loyal to your Farrier. Remember the best Farrier available is the cheapest in the long run.

 

The Farriers' Responsibilities:

1.    Schedule appointment and keep it.

2.    Use professional language and tact.

3.    Be prepared to present an invoice for services rendered. Explain fees and credit terms.

4.    Look for ways to improve and become more efficient.

5.    Studying Farrier Science in depth and keep posted on the trade. Educate the owner at appropriate times.

6.    Be well stocked and equipped for all types of shoeing.

7.    Be pleasant and non critical of others work, horses, facilities and personalities.

8.    Know your capabilities. Be honest with the owner. Don't be afraid to refer the horse to a more specialized Farrier or veterinarian. Admit your mistakes, everyone makes them.

9.    Make an efficient job the foremost concern, rather than profit.

10.     Pace yourself, take on only what you can accomplish.

 

    A horse's feet never stop growing.  Therefore optimal husbandry must include REGULAR HOOF MAINTENANCE.   While this fact might seem obvious, we often encounter horses which require damage control or therapeutic farriery because they have not been receiving hoof care from a qualified professional on a regular schedule.  Each horse has different hoof care needs which are determined by many factors including;

  • Living environment.
  • Performance and use requirements.
  • Conformation and athletic ability.
  • Hoof horn quality.
  • Age.
  • Rate of hoof growth.

    Please note that there is no schedule frequency on the list above.  This is because the combination all of these factors SHOULD determine how often your horse is scheduled for farrier service. Some farriers work appointments on a 6 or 8-week schedule.  This arbitrary time frame is based on convenience and financial considerations.   If a horse requires farrier service on a different schedule, then what?

    What if your horse's feet begin falling apart after 4 weeks, but your farrier will only come every 6 or 8 weeks?  When the farrier arrives it is no longer maintenance, now it is damage control.  However the damage cannot be controlled because the farrier cannot get ahead of the hoof growth cycle without showing up more often.  Showing up more often might be inconvenient and more costly.  But consider the cost to the horse!  If anything we are describing controlled neglect, which only serves the interests of arbitrary ignorance.

    We provide professional trimming and/or shoeing services custom tailored to your individual horse's needs.   We do not subscribe to a particular "brand name" shoeing or trimming methodology.  

  • Determine your horse's real hoof care needs.
  • Design a hoof care program according to the horse's criteria.
  • Implement that program on a guaranteed schedule.
  • Follow up and review the results of our work.
  • Adapt or change the program based on our review.

    Simply stated, we know what we are doing because we are educated, experienced, fully qualified professionals.  Enhanced Hoof Power is the result of superior quality custom hoof care for each horse according to its individual needs.





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