I got a nice response to my blog on shoeing yesterday. They commented at the bottom of the blog. You can too if you like.
Anyway, they said that some of the info in the blog was helpful and asked for more info.
The best advice that I can give is try to figure out what will work for your horse, given where you ride, how you ride and how long you ride. If you are just riding once a week and only for an hour, you may find that your horse will get along just fine being bare foot. However if you live in, as one of my friends from down under says "Billy goat country" you may find that you have no choice but to have your horse shod, for at least part of the year.
You can probably find someone in your neighbor, or close by, that can shoe your horses for you. Or, better yet, ask one of your horse owning friends who they use and who they are happy with.
When Kathy and I first came to this country we ran a trail riding business and I had 8-10 horses to have shod. Needless to say it cost a chunk of money to keep them in shoes. So, I decided that I was going to have to figure out how to shoe. The fella that was shoeing for me, Dean, said he understood my situation and would be happy to teach me how. So for the next few weeks he would come over and work with me so that I understood the basics. Now having this education has really helped me out, but I'm no farrier. I shoe my own horses but I don't shoe anyone else's. I don't think that shoeing a horse is rocket science and I think that most folks, with some help, can learn the basics. And, I think you may be surprised to find that most farriers are willing to help a guy learn.
Yep, I know there are schools that folks are going to that take a year to complete so they can say they are certified and I think that's great. From time to time, I'm not sure what to do for a horse. That's when I will call the experts to help me out of a jam. They know I don't know how to handle a certain problem and are eager to help.
So if you are thinking about trying to shoe, on your own, find someone that will teach you the basics and rely on them for help when something comes up you don't know or understand. Shoeing is hard on a guys back, but I enjoy the little bit I do now.
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.