How Much Does a Farrier Cost?
According to Wikipedia, a farrier is “a specialist in equine hoof care, including the trimming and balancing of a horse’s hoof and the placing of shoes to the horse’s foot.” Your horse’s feet should be trimmed and shod regularly. Hence, you also need to budget for a farrier who will trim and shoe your horse’s feet. Choose a professional farrier that can do the job well. The cost of a farrier is going to vary depending on how many horses need to be “trimmed”, as well as the complexity of the job, etc. Prices and charges for the farriers are based on the location, number of horses, temperament, and what they need to have done.
How much is it?
- Overall, the services of a farrier will be between $50 and $300 per horse.
- For light horse or pony, a hot shoeing cost will run $100 to $250, excluding the shoe cost for draught horses. If you choose to get a shoe for a draught horse, that can cost up to more than $250.
- Falt shoeing will typically cost around $90 to $150. If you need to rebuild the heels, it can be around $60 to $140.
- Trimming the draught horse can cost $130 to $275, depending on the excessive foot. For saddle horses, trimming has fees ranging from $60 to $135 depending on the job and how much trimming needs to be done.
- There are farrier services which will charge a minimum call fee of $20-$55. This means, when there are circumstances that cause your horse not to be shoed, you will still pay for the farrier. It may be best to consult over the phone to ensure that your horse needs to be shoed.
- Remedial or corrective shoeing costs $50 to $120.
What is going to be included?
- Farriers are well equipped with the tools they need to get the job done. A great farrier will also take the time to educate you about what they are doing to your horse.
- Some farrier services include 14 day guarantee against any type of loss. If the farrier does offer a guarantee, it is always best to get this in writing so that you can have some sort of evidence.
What are the extra costs?
- An extra cost will be paid or your cost may even be doubled if the horse will not stand or if it excessively pulls away, or in general, it misbehaves.
- A Borium nail per shoe is priced at $7-$10. A clip shoe will cost $6 to $12 per shoe. Studs, drilled & tapped will cost $3 to $5 per shoe.
- A sole guard can cost you $40 to $65.
- A full set of handmade shoes, if you choose one, can cost you $100 to $250.
- Hoof casting application can be $60 per foot.
How can I save money?
- Discounts for farrier services can be available for more than two horses. You will be saving money per horse if you have more horses on your farm.
- Look for farriers within your locality if possible who can offer discounted service fees. Most will come out to your farm or even talk over the phone for free.
- Choose a farrier and stick with him. Many will give loyalty discounts to preferred customers.