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Farrier Services, specializing in barefoot hoofcare in all of Massachusetts, Southern New Hampshire and Northern Connecticut and Northern Rhode Island

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Massachusetts Farrier specializing in Barefoot Trimming and HoofCare

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FAQ's

Q. How often should I have my horse trimmed or shod?
A. The real answer is it depends on the horse. Some horses grow faster than others. It depends on the work the horse is doing, the terrain the horse is traveling on, and the health of the horse. You will find that an average rule for them is between 6 and 8 weeks.

Q. Can my horse go barefoot, or does he/she need shoes?
A. Again this is one of those questions that really depends on so many things. How is the horse used, what is the horses health, conformation, and is the owner ready to take on the challenges of going barefoot. I have seen horses benefit from both being barefoot and shod, and I don't want to try and debate which is better. The only way to truly answer this is access the individual horse and owner.

Q. How often should I pick my horse's feet out
A. The short answer is as often as possible. This really should be part of your grooming routine. This way you get to know what looks normal and what doesn't. That way you can call your farrier if something does not seem right. It also benefits your farrier because your horse will be learning to give his or her hooves to be worked on.

Q. Do you charge a travel or barn call fee?
A. Not normally, but if distances are out of the normal work area I do need to cover gas, wear and tear on the vehicle and some of the travel time. This will all be discussed during the preliminary phone calls.

Q. What do you expect from your clients on the day of work?
A. I would like the horse ready to be worked on when I get there. I understand things don't always go as planned but a horse ready to be worked on makes my day go much better which in turn helps everyone. If you feel the need to pick out your horses feet prior to me getting there that will not hurt my feelings either.

Q. When do you expect payment?
A. Payment is due at the time services are performed. I understand that this is not always possible so please speak with me prior to me starting work if there is an issue.

Q. My horse is rather difficult to work with, will you take my horse on as a client?
A. Difficult horses will always be assessed prior to working on them. Actually all horses are but if a client is up front I tend to see what they mean by difficult. If I have to spend time helping train your horse to give his or her hooves to me then additional charges will need to be applied to cover the time spent working with the horse. If difficult = dangerous. then I will give you several names of possible trainers in the area that might be able to help you prior to myself or any other farrier attempts to work on your horse.

Q. Do you carry hoof boots?
A. I do not always keep boots in stock, but I  am a Cavallo Associate, EasyCare Dealer, Renegade Hoof Boot Dealer as well. I want to make sure that you as the customer have access to the best fitting boots for your horses feet.

Q. Are white hooves weaker than black hooves?
A. Absolutely not! The color of the hooves have no bearing on how strong a horses feet are.

Q. How long do you think it will take for my horse to be sound barefoot if shoes are removed?
A. This is always such a loaded question because I can't give you an answer. Shoe removal is hard for the owner metally and can be hard for the horse physically. You have to prepare yourself as the owner that a long road will be ahead of you and your equine friend. Many customers pull shoes and think the horse will have rock crushing feet in a week or two. This just isn't true in many cases. I have seen some horses never have an issue and others after a year still are not 100% comfortable on rocks or gravel roads.  If the barefoot lifestyle is something you want to look at contact me and we can talk more about it.