But most farriers make their real money shoeing, and count on using nail on metal shoes if their trims don't work for riding, so they don't see the need to evolve a trim or learn to fit boots or use glue on synthetic shoes.
It all changes when you live in rural areas where real estate is inexpensive; those trimmers and farriers can afford to offer MUCH cheaper services. If they are good? That's what counts.
My trims are meant to be an alternative to keeping a horse very well shod, and I offer rehabilitation. Shoeing by a reliable farrier in the areas I work runs $120 to $350 depending on who is used and if corrective shoeing is needed, so my most expensive trims with the cost of boots is still less expensive than a straightforward shoeing...
Boots cost around $150 to $180/pair, and most last one to two years, so they add $15 to the monthly cost... my boots last me 3 or 4 years because I rarely need them.
Different people have different standards and expectations. If your horse is sound and balanced, that's huge... imbalance, long toes and heel contraction are symptoms of potential soundness problems, and THAT is super expensive.
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