Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Today I confirmed a couple of things. One was that Kate and Pam were right, and Panama's soles were normal. However, my farrier also said the same thing Pam said — Panama's hooves were too long. We'd gotten a lot of growth in just five weeks.

I also confirmed that my decision to leave was the right one. When I arrived for my farrier appointment at 10am, the horses hadn't yet had their breakfast. The barn owner came out about five minutes later to feed them, but I'll never know whether it was because he saw me and knew I'd be annoyed about the late breakfast. How much later would it have been if I weren't there, though, I wonder?

After my farrier finished trimming Panama's hooves, we went back to his truck to schedule Panama's next visit. I also had to give him the barn owner's phone number, because although my farrier has trimmed his horse and another boarder's before, he has always communicated through me.

While I was retrieving the number from my phone, the farrier looked at me kind of askance and said, "He's sort of an odd bird, isn't he?"

Which launched me into the story of what the last straw was in my decision to move.

My farrier also told me that he thought I was paying too much here, and indicated that he was glad I was moving. You can't get much better confirmation than that!



At October 7, 2009 at 6:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Farriers often know what's really going on at a barn - they're there when the boarders aren't and see and hear a lot while they're working.

At October 8, 2009 at 10:45 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, that's not the case here, actually. It's a small enough barn that until recently, I was his only client there, and I was always there when he was there. Even now, the same applies, because the barn owner has been scheduling visits with me. However, I do think he has plenty to compare it to, from all the other places he goes to every day.


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