Palmetto Farrier Service
Palmetto Farrier Service
(803) 370 - 7334
“Dedicated to quality hoof care through continuing education”
My name is Bryan Baire and I am a full time Professional Farrier based out of York, SC serving the Charlotte metro area. I am a graduate of the South Carolina School of Horseshoeing in Aiken, South Carolina. The school is run by Mr. Doug Eidenier who is a 2009 inductee into the Brotherhood of Working Farriers Association (BWFA) hall of fame. Upon graduation, I successfully completed the requirements for BWFA Certification and as of Jan 2011, I completed the requirements for Certification through the American Farriers Association (AFA). As a member of the BWFA, AFA, and other associations, I continue to further my skills and knowledge as a Farrier by attending clinics and conferences with award winning and internationally recognized Farriers and Veterinarians from all over the world. I am committed to providing a professional service and to providing the best possible hoof care for your horse through continuing education. As a customer of Palmetto Farrier Service, you not only get professional and dependable service, you also get the expertise of a network of leading Farriers and Veterinarians.
As the old adage goes, "NO FOOT, NO HORSE, a balanced hoof is the key to maximizing the performance and soundness of your horse. While not every horse needs to be shod, every athlete needs a good pair of shoes, and the type of shoes they wear depends on the type of sport they play. Golfers, basketball players, bowlers all wear specialized shoes for the sport and the same principals apply to horses . The type of shoe a horse needs is dependent on the activity in which it will be involved. Horseshoes are available in a wide variety of materials and sizes. With all the new technology out there, traditional steel shoes don't always have to be the answer. In my opinion boots can be a very good alternative to steel shoes. I use boots on my own personal horses and liked them so much that I decided to become a dealer for Easyboots. Trimming and shoeing is very much a regular and important part of caring for your horse and should be done every six to eight weeks.
Choosing a Farrier:
Farriers do not only shoe horses, they provide foot and hoof care for nearly 7-million horses in the United States. "each one of these horses is literally one hoof away from success or failure, contentment or pain, life or death, and farriers are positioned to determine the difference." (Bryan Quinsey, AFA 34th Annual Convention)
According to the American Farrier's Association, "Choosing a farrier to provide hoof care for your horse is one of the most important decisions you will make for the well being of your horse. Unlike in other countries where it is illegal for anyone other than a registered Farrier to call themselves a Farrier or carry out any Farriery work, in the United States Farriery is generally not regulated and consumers must inform themselves as to a Farrier's qualifications. Improper hoof care can lead to injury and/or lameness, and may reduce your horse's ability to reach his full potential."
I recently read a statistic that said 70% of the horses that have to be put down are done so because of lameness problems with their feet. This makes choosing a Farrier with the proper education and certifications that much more important. There are a lot of "part-time" Farriers out there that charge next to nothing for their work and as the old saying goes, "You get what you pay for". You should choose your farrier in a systematic and educated manner to assure that you will obtain the services of a Farrier who will best fit your needs and the needs of your horse. An investigation of a potential Farrier’s background and education, experience, professional association and personal attributes will help you make the right decision.
Even if you don't choose me to be your Farrier here are some tips and thoughts on choosing a Farrier:
Where did the Farrier attend school? Certification is a Good thing. While there are many excellent Farriers who are not certified, you can be sure that a Farrier who has been Certified is comitted to a higher level work. To get certified a Farrier must demonstrate to his peers that he is competent in Farrier Science through examination.
Cheapest is not best in the Farrier world. While Farriery charges vary quite a bit according to location, a little comparison shopping should tell you what the usual and normal charges for good work in your area are. Don't get caught in the trap of penny-wise, pound-foolish! A bad shoeing or trimming job can cost you weeks of training, hours upon hours of riding, and even big vet bills. A Farrier who spends money on new equipment, continuing education, a computer, and a cell phone will not be the cheapest – but s/he may be a really good investment.
A Farrier who doesn’t return calls, or doesn’t call you when he’s late or can’t be there, isn’t much use to you when your horse is overdue for shoeing and you’ve taken the afternoon off work and you wait around for three hours and finally leave and you call him and then he doesn’t call back for five days and....... A Farrier who doesn’t act like he wants your business doesn’t want your business. You don’t want him.
Ability to listen to clients -
Both on the phone in the initial consultation, and in person at the first shoeing appointment, your prospective Farrier should listen to what you have to say about your horse, ask questions as follow-up, and then listen to the answers. A Farrier who comes to your barn, grunts twice, and puts on hearing protectors immediately probably isn’t going to help you much when you need something special. A Farrier who spends 15 minutes on the phone telling you how wonderful he is probably won’t listen to anyone