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Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Confused and bemused

Our normal barefoot trimmer is great. We love him to bits and he has been doing our horses for years. But sometimes it is good to get a second opinion, especially as it is so easy to get wrapped up in the way you have always done things and then you stand to miss new and possibly better ways.

So we had a specialist barefoot trimmer out, recommended by a vet and a member of a professional barefoot association.

We were promised before and after photos of the trimming which I would have loved to share. But unfortunately these never arrived. Neither did a few other promises but never mind.

It was an experience. No one was hurt and the horses quite liked the person. But I don't think I will be inviting them back. My priority is always the horses welfare and part of that is having suppliers that are not only good at their job, but can also be relied upon. I run my own business and this experience has taught me very plainly that it doesn't matter how good you are at your speciality, it is still important to get the hygiene factors right.


dp said...

I'd be curious to hear what went wrong. I love my trimmer, but my vet is always pushing me to try someone new. If it ain't broke...

Barefoothorse said...

What went wrong with the alternative trimmer? Catalogue of minor things. Turning up late. Not delivering promised photos. Forgetting to bring necessary kit - so job couldn't be done and failing to turn up at all.

Major things - claiming J.Jackson's Paddock Paradise as their own invention. Making rash/wild claims and contradicting themselves from one visit to the next.

The rudeness I could tolerate :-) but enough already!

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