If there’s one thing I cannot stand in the horse world, its when people nickel and dime you. It just doesn’t make sense to do it. We as equestrians already pay so much for our sport, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who tries to shave a little costs whenever I can.
So I get to the barn, and realize Libbys thrown a shoe. Go out in the field and see it shiny in the dirt, and am getting ready to call up my farrier when the farrier who does a lot of the horses at the barn shows up. “Great!” I think, I can just get him to tack it on for me, no biggie, and I’ll still be able to ride today. Asked him to do it for me and thankfully he agreed and tacked it on for me. He was nice and talkative, asking me who my farrier was and where I had Libby before, thought he was a nice guy. Libby was being a bit of a pill but he handled it well.
Got Libby all tacked up, and had a nice ride. She was nicely forward, but not too sensitive. Especially since there was a lot going on. My friend A, the one who actually trailered me to Twin Oaks, was bringing her horses to take lessons with my trainer this morning. So the trailer was out, the horses were getting loaded and Libby didn’t care at all. Good girl. Didn’t do too much since it was extremely humid and I didn’t have a lot of time left. Got off and started untacking and loving on her. I’m really so proud of her, and so happy that I have her. She’s really settled in nicely and relatively quick.
As I was heading over to the board to see what the lesson schedule was this week, the farrier asked me if I was still going to use my farrier to which I replied yes. Immediately upon hearing my answer he told me it would be $35 for tacking on the shoe, and that he prefers checks over credit cards. I was stunned. Never in my life have I EVER had to pay for someone to tack a shoe back on. Like ever, and South Florida is known for its expenses. I was floored, but chose to not say anything and just gave him his check. Have you guys ever had to pay for that? I feel like its ridiculous, but maybe I’ve been spoiled with good natured farriers.
Overall Libby was good. Early ride tomorrow, and day off on Thursday so I can go watch my friends take lessons with my trainer.