Tipping Farriers

Do you tip your farrier for trimming or shoeing your horses (please share your thoughts on whether or not tipping is appropriate)?

Yes, every time
Yes, but only during the holidays
Yes, if my horse acts up during shoeing/trimming
No, I don't tip my farrier

Total votes cast: 1727

Comments & Write-in Answers

My farrier set his rates. why should I tip him?

8/25/2014 11:50:50 PM

The price of the service is significant ....do you tip your dentist...doctor...or veterinarian?

8/25/2014 10:35:42 PM

He charges enough already

8/25/2014 10:05:37 PM

It has never occurred to me to tip and has never been mentioned by any in my horse community

8/25/2014 9:37:16 PM

It's a service & I always tip on services.

8/25/2014 9:32:34 PM

I buy him beer occasionally. Does that count?

8/25/2014 9:09:29 PM

For trimming it costs $35 per horse and he's done in a half hour.

8/25/2014 8:55:53 PM

why would you if you dont think he charges you enough tell him but dont embarasshim with a tip

8/25/2014 8:52:38 PM

It never occurred to me to tip the farrier.

8/25/2014 8:02:46 PM

I also will tip the farrier if he has to come out just to replace a shoe, etc.

8/25/2014 7:56:09 PM

I am a farrier, 41 years, only one client that tips me!

8/25/2014 7:45:04 PM

I tipped my farrier $10 for two horses for being so patient and kind to my horses when difficult

8/25/2014 7:40:46 PM

There rates are extremely high , 150 an hour is pretty good.

8/25/2014 7:35:52 PM

Why tip? You are paying for the farrier service as is.

8/25/2014 7:13:03 PM

No. My farrier charges $40 to trim my horse's hoofs and does two horses in about 20 minutes.

8/25/2014 6:47:27 PM

Never heard of this

8/25/2014 6:33:05 PM

I write a $400.00 check for 2 horses every 4 weeks. That is sufficient.

8/25/2014 6:14:50 PM

My farrier would be offended at the thought.

8/25/2014 6:12:03 PM

I used to, but since they started charging a trip charge I don't

8/25/2014 6:06:59 PM

I offer enough extra money to cover gas expense, since my farrier is very inexpensive!

8/25/2014 5:39:19 PM

Didn't think about it, until now!

8/25/2014 5:35:25 PM

I've never thought of tipping my farrier since I feel he charges an adequate fee already .

8/25/2014 5:21:53 PM

Tipping is a difficult thing to deal with. Most farriers are independent, therefore no tipping.

8/25/2014 5:16:48 PM

My farriers r self employed so I didn't think tipping was appropriate except holidays

8/25/2014 5:13:38 PM

I never heard of anyone tipping the farrier except at the holidays

8/25/2014 5:02:52 PM

While I appreciate what they do its their job and they aren't exactly cheap

8/25/2014 4:56:19 PM

I also don't tip the vet, dentist etc but will tip the hay delivery kids if the job is done right

8/25/2014 4:52:07 PM

I tip during the holidays and if my horses have made the farrier's job harder.

8/25/2014 4:35:31 PM

But he gets a Christmas gift equal to the bill for one visit for my four horses

8/25/2014 4:33:39 PM

He has asked that I NOT tip him; as this is his way of providing a service for his fee!

8/25/2014 4:32:23 PM

Our farriers are equine podiatrists who travel 200 miles one way to come to our farm. Yes, a tip!

8/25/2014 4:31:14 PM

I've never even considered it!

8/25/2014 4:03:23 PM

I like to stay on the good side of him in case I need him in a hurry.

8/25/2014 3:24:03 PM

Prices here are so high that I can barely afford them as it is My farrier sets his rates

8/25/2014 2:06:15 PM

Our farrier come to trim our three horses every six weeks during the trail riding seasons.

8/25/2014 11:11:55 AM

My farrier is paid sufficiently and no one tips in this area.

8/25/2014 10:34:22 AM

To tip is fine. No foot. No horse.

8/25/2014 9:48:21 AM

I don't tip but I do bake for him. He gets lots of goodies.

8/25/2014 9:35:56 AM

i live in holland

8/25/2014 8:37:03 AM

Tipping is for employees. Not owners of a business. You don't tip your instructor!

8/25/2014 1:48:10 AM

He charges enough.

8/25/2014 12:14:57 AM

i do give him gifts of food or gift cards to local restaurants during the year & Christmas

8/24/2014 3:26:51 PM

my horses reasonable to work with...at times, i have given my farrier something at Christmas

8/24/2014 1:06:43 PM

I do give money or movie gift card (he and wife love going to the movies) during the holidays.

8/24/2014 1:05:33 PM

Does fresh produce from my garden count?

8/24/2014 11:07:56 AM

when they do extra without charge -I always do !

8/24/2014 8:19:42 AM

I give him a gift at Christmas time.

8/23/2014 9:55:41 PM

My farrier trims my four horses. I tip him 25% because he is always on time and does great work.

8/23/2014 4:41:09 PM

My farrier is dependable and kind to my horses

8/23/2014 3:45:28 PM

He is costly enough

8/23/2014 10:39:10 AM

I give a holiday gift, but this is his job that is well paid and not dependent on tips.

8/23/2014 8:08:02 AM

He runs his own business and his prices are high. I don't tip the vet or the A/C repairman either!

8/23/2014 3:27:58 AM

I give him a Christmas bonus. Don't be ridiculous, he is his own business and sets his prices.

8/23/2014 12:37:16 AM

My farrier goes out of his way and is very caring to my horses so I give him more than he has asked

8/22/2014 11:49:52 PM

No, her charges include any tip I might give her.

8/22/2014 11:21:28 PM

At $200 plus every 5 weeks I can not afford to tip him/her

8/22/2014 8:47:48 PM

Like my vet, my farrier is a highly trained professional - and who tipe the vet?

8/22/2014 5:59:18 PM

If your farrier needs a tip, give him a raise. Tipping is getting out of hand.

8/22/2014 5:53:04 PM

My farrier is a professional.

8/22/2014 5:50:50 PM

It's a tough job, no matter what cost, and my farriers speed, patience and experience are worth a ti

8/22/2014 5:46:09 PM

I used to tip my farrier, but then she raised her rates, which more than covered the tip!

8/22/2014 4:16:52 PM

My horses are well behaved and I pay a lot of money. We are on a six week schedule.

8/22/2014 3:58:17 PM

I tip my farrier when he makes a special trip out to reset a lost shoe. I don't tip busines owners

8/22/2014 3:24:07 PM

My horses behave and my farrier is never on time - although an awesome farrier.

8/22/2014 3:21:52 PM

He does not expect tips or gifts. Have used him since he was a pup, when he went to customers places

8/22/2014 3:21:05 PM

gift @ xmas

8/22/2014 2:01:26 PM

I pay on the spot and give him a very nice holiday gift every year.

8/22/2014 1:22:58 PM

I pay him, but never knew I was supposed to tip him. How embarrassing.

8/22/2014 12:02:33 PM

We pay enough and they make good money!

8/22/2014 11:45:51 AM

Don't tip, but horse is a champ at trimming as well.

8/22/2014 11:43:41 AM

Totally against tipping. If the farrier expects a tip it should be included in the price.

8/22/2014 10:54:48 AM

I think my farrier would be embarrased if I wanted to tip him. At Christmas I do give him $$ .

8/22/2014 10:02:25 AM

You mean people do?

8/22/2014 9:43:05 AM

I think the $80 price every month is tip enough!

8/22/2014 9:36:10 AM

Never heard of tipping a farrier, & a LOT of horses in my area; maybe it's a regional thing?

8/22/2014 7:28:14 AM

I do my own

8/22/2014 6:44:09 AM

except at Xmas time

8/22/2014 1:49:54 AM

I do not, as I feed him lunch and we have a barn full, but several of my boarders do.

8/22/2014 12:13:39 AM

I tip with fresh eggs & baked goods. He does a great job every time & I'm thankful.

8/21/2014 11:40:06 PM

At $110 per horse, every six weeks, that's a lot.

8/21/2014 11:18:12 PM

he is paid fairly

8/21/2014 11:12:55 PM

Middle of nowhere, bad roads. At least helps pay for gas.

8/21/2014 11:07:58 PM

I would tip only if he did something out of the ordinary for my horse.

8/21/2014 10:05:54 PM

He moved 40 mi out of hisarea but still fits my 1 horse n2 his sched. I tip handsomely every time

8/21/2014 9:43:53 PM

I pay him enough to do his job. It's more than what my other farrier charged me for the same quality

8/21/2014 9:13:31 PM

occasionally I may give him a gift, cookies or his favorite pie.

8/21/2014 8:33:53 PM

My farrier does not accept tips.

8/21/2014 8:23:37 PM

or if he has to make a special trip for a lost shoe, etc

8/21/2014 7:14:55 PM

Also if he has to make a special trip for any reason.

8/21/2014 5:17:19 PM

40+ years owning horses and never heard of such a thing!

8/21/2014 4:41:50 PM

Farrier gives us the bill & we pay what is on the bill.

8/21/2014 4:41:08 PM

I pay what she charges. Why would I tip on top of that?

8/21/2014 4:27:36 PM

I've never heard of or seen anyone tip a farrier!

8/21/2014 4:10:43 PM

Extra tip for Christmas. He has to travel an hour to do 2 horses and I want him to come back.

8/21/2014 4:06:32 PM

I may if I ever have special circumstances.

8/21/2014 3:21:39 PM

I pay him enough to come, he lives right nearby.

8/21/2014 2:00:31 PM

it never occured to me

8/21/2014 1:01:08 PM

I never even thought of tipping them! Their fee is their payment??!

8/21/2014 12:19:09 PM

Trained farriers are scarce in my area. Mine works hard to keep up continuing education

8/21/2014 11:53:39 AM

with 10 to 20% tip

8/21/2014 11:31:59 AM

My farrier already charges way too much money, there is no way i would tip him.

8/21/2014 11:16:53 AM

he's already expensive!

8/21/2014 10:53:08 AM

I would expect that my Farrier's rates are appropriate, therefore, a tip is not necessary.

8/21/2014 10:30:22 AM

I do give him wine & chocolates for Christmas!

8/21/2014 9:51:16 AM

I never really thought of tipping the farrier.

8/21/2014 9:16:10 AM

my hoof trimmer gets paid very well for her services, in addition to the trip charge.

8/21/2014 9:08:10 AM

usually. But there are occasions other than those mentioned above when I do.

8/21/2014 8:37:21 AM

My farrier is very reasonable and has rarely raised his fees. I tip to help with the high gas costs

8/21/2014 7:40:37 AM

But I give him a present at Christmas.

8/21/2014 4:05:27 AM

$5 each horse. plus drinks and snacks.

8/20/2014 11:13:23 PM

Wow. Really? I didn't even know that was a thing...

8/20/2014 10:34:58 PM

He gets paid very well already plus a trip fee. My horses are well. Behaved. Why tip someone who own

8/20/2014 5:09:54 PM

Yes, each time, plus extra if horse is naughty..

8/20/2014 5:08:09 PM

I have had the same farrier for over 30 yrs and never tipped him but I always pay before he leaves

8/20/2014 4:47:36 PM

Only at Christmas

8/20/2014 4:44:18 PM

My farrier drives 12 miles on an awful dirt road to reach me-a little extra $ is just to say thanks.

8/20/2014 4:22:34 PM

You normally don't tip the owner anywhere (ie. Hairdresser)

8/20/2014 4:22:32 PM

he is being paid for a job, not minum wage like a waitress.

8/20/2014 4:13:44 PM

Yes I give my farrier a Thank You tip every Thanksgiving. He is priceless.

8/20/2014 3:45:49 PM

I tip randomly and during holidays.

8/20/2014 3:15:01 PM

I have a very good farrier and he is well paid, but, I DO NOT, feel it is appropriate to tip them.

8/20/2014 3:10:42 PM

never heard of it!

8/20/2014 2:30:46 PM

No-To be honest, never heard of doing it-having gotten him Christmas/ home warming/ baby gifts

8/20/2014 2:15:26 PM

My farrier sets his rates and that's what I pay.

8/20/2014 2:15:14 PM

He shoes or trims about 50 horses at our place, not having to drive around is his tip

8/20/2014 2:15:08 PM

I pay him for his service...no tip.

8/20/2014 1:37:00 PM

Tip for X-mas. Tip for extra work like my old horse that has hard time standing and needs more time.

8/20/2014 1:16:36 PM

$100 a horse x 3 is pretty hefty shoeing cost already.

8/20/2014 1:14:44 PM

no I pay him for the job he does and as he comes on a regular basis he is happy with what he is paid

8/20/2014 12:01:57 PM

He is good, but charges appropriately on the high side for his service.

8/20/2014 11:41:16 AM

in the uk it costs about £70 to shoe a horse. thats a lot of money in the first place.

8/20/2014 11:08:54 AM

Never heard of anyone tipping their farrier. My farrier gets paid very well for his job.

8/20/2014 11:07:03 AM

I pay $100 every 4-6 weeks, so no tip needed in my mind. No one else around here tips either.

8/20/2014 11:03:23 AM

Tried to, they ALWAYS refuse!

8/20/2014 10:55:18 AM

she is always available,competent,patient & only charges $45

8/20/2014 10:32:13 AM

I tip him because of his travel time to our barn.

8/20/2014 10:25:41 AM

I do holidays, unexpected rush visits and if my horse were to act badly

8/20/2014 10:25:29 AM

He has a fee and that is what I pay. What most farriers charge is more than enough.

8/20/2014 10:23:16 AM

and pay in cash

8/20/2014 10:04:37 AM

No, though I do train my horses so they don't act up during trimming. Not every job requires a tip.

8/20/2014 9:57:11 AM

a good reliable farrier is hard to find, you want them to stay that way

8/20/2014 9:56:34 AM

My farrier is expensive as it is, 240 for a trim and new shoes, can't afford to pay more!

8/20/2014 9:30:18 AM

I have never heard of anyone tipping their farrier. Is it common?

8/20/2014 9:24:03 AM

We have a lot of horses and he keeps prices reasonable, so he gets tipped!

8/20/2014 9:03:44 AM

My "tip" for my farrier is to have my horses ready; in the barn, feet cleaned and comfortable.

8/20/2014 8:30:54 AM

i trim my own horse

8/20/2014 7:42:29 AM

Good idea but I have never thought of it befor.

8/20/2014 7:27:30 AM

Fee is adequate compensation.

8/20/2014 7:16:32 AM

I didn't realize this would be appropriate

8/20/2014 7:00:45 AM

My farrier is fantastic. I can't imagine not tipping her.

8/20/2014 6:53:22 AM

My Farrier is excellent and he is qualified. He charges appropriately and I pay for what I get.....

8/20/2014 4:23:09 AM

Give a Christmas gift and Birthday gift.

8/20/2014 4:06:27 AM

in the uk they charge enough as it is.

8/20/2014 3:17:25 AM

he's there to do a job I pay him for.

8/20/2014 12:42:45 AM

..but we took him boar hunting....

8/19/2014 11:48:36 PM

Tips are for those making less than minimum hourly wage.

8/19/2014 11:42:18 PM

They charge enough as it is! No way!

8/19/2014 11:14:24 PM

I already pay a hefty price.

8/19/2014 10:31:48 PM

makes more $ than me by far !

8/19/2014 9:58:10 PM

My Farrier sets his prices, and the prices are high enough without expecting a tip too.

8/19/2014 9:43:30 PM

My horses are trained and stand quietly. My farrier works for himself, so he sets his price.

8/19/2014 9:41:19 PM


8/19/2014 9:38:10 PM

Farrier business is tough on the farrier's body however on the other hand they make exceptional mone

8/19/2014 9:10:03 PM

Just like I don't tipthevet or my dntist or my doctor.

8/19/2014 8:42:37 PM

If one of my horses causes him problems, he charges me accordingly.

8/19/2014 8:26:39 PM

my farrier (19 yrs service)receive $ for xmas & birthday

8/19/2014 8:16:01 PM

I did not know it was expected!

8/19/2014 8:10:09 PM

I usually feed him if he's working during lunch

8/19/2014 8:01:42 PM

A good farrier is always worth a tip, it is a service and I believe in tipping

8/19/2014 7:49:49 PM

I "pay-up" so he doesn't have to give me change, and of course, at Christmas

8/19/2014 7:31:55 PM

My farrier deserves it and is very grateful because very few other clients do.

8/19/2014 7:14:38 PM

He is paid a fair rate per horse and gets free lunch and beverages.

8/19/2014 6:59:03 PM

Mine gets a Christmas "gift" and some additional cash if my horse is really bad

8/19/2014 6:48:38 PM

Tipped farrier until 1 just left me high & dry. Always paid him.

8/19/2014 6:37:50 PM

But I do pay her extra for mileage, I want to be sure she is fully compensated for her service!

8/19/2014 6:28:39 PM

he's there doing his JOB he gets plenty

8/19/2014 6:20:29 PM

Since he owns his business 100% of the money goes to him anyway.

8/19/2014 6:10:37 PM

Not a custom in my area and besides he charges enough!

8/19/2014 5:49:04 PM

Our farrier was super expensive and didn't do a great job, had to use him through lease agreement

8/19/2014 5:25:50 PM

Ex-farrier here. Much prefer responsible owner with with well trained horse.

8/19/2014 5:20:57 PM

No, but it's not for lack of trying. He's one of those old men who won't accept the tip

8/19/2014 4:59:12 PM

my husband is my farrier and has been for almost 40 years

8/19/2014 4:58:03 PM

My farrier, his wife, my husband and I are friends, and we give each other Christmas gifts, etc.

8/19/2014 4:55:38 PM

don't believe my farrier would take a tip anyways.

8/19/2014 4:52:55 PM

never thougt of it

8/19/2014 4:49:29 PM

I am a professional farrier and as such, do not expect or want tips;but I charge professional rates

8/19/2014 4:46:10 PM

Never considered tipping.

8/19/2014 4:43:29 PM

IT'S THEIR JOB! No one ever gave me a tip thru 3 service businesses my husband and I owned.

8/19/2014 4:32:12 PM

I make sure the horses in my care are well mannered and my farrier has a proper place to work.

8/19/2014 4:28:06 PM

Never read about it or heard it discussed among friends. 3 easy trims and consider him a friend.

8/19/2014 4:27:48 PM

I am a farrier and since I set my prices, I don't expect tips.

8/19/2014 4:20:45 PM

He is an independent contractor, so he gets all the $ himself...

8/19/2014 4:14:21 PM

He owns the business.

8/19/2014 4:13:37 PM

Tipping is not appropriate. She is paid very well foir her services so the fee is the fee

8/19/2014 3:52:54 PM

I tip hairdressers/waiters so why not the man who keeps my boys moving well! I LOVE my farrier!!

8/19/2014 3:22:54 PM

They are professionals paid for a service, we don't tip vets or doctors, so why farriers?

8/19/2014 3:05:12 PM

I do my own trimming

8/19/2014 2:14:34 PM

I also have Cold or Hot drinks depending on the weather & a sweet treat as well.

8/19/2014 1:38:42 PM

I haven't tipped, but would be willing to pay more if he wanted me to.

8/19/2014 1:27:08 PM

it never has occurred to me

8/19/2014 12:46:52 PM

Farriers are like hair stylists.

8/19/2014 12:27:28 PM

do not think appropriate

8/19/2014 12:08:06 PM

He is well paid - and gets a nice Christmas bonus.

8/19/2014 11:34:42 AM

he charges $75.00 per trim and my horse's behavior is perfect

8/19/2014 10:45:47 AM

It costs me enough just to have 4 shoes and a trim every 5 weeks!

8/19/2014 9:51:23 AM

He makes plenty with the regular fee.

8/19/2014 9:44:33 AM

I tip my farrier several times during the year,especially when extra work is involved

8/19/2014 9:33:23 AM

they are highly paid professionals, they certainly don't work for mininum wage...

8/19/2014 9:16:18 AM

My farrier gets a generous holiday tip (although I think of it more as a gift).

8/19/2014 8:38:24 AM

I haven't even heard of such a thing until now.

8/19/2014 8:11:57 AM

It is a service and I appreciate their efforts

8/19/2014 7:47:32 AM

He deserves every penny for always doing a great job!

8/19/2014 7:30:58 AM

they are expensive enough without finding the money to tip

8/19/2014 4:58:08 AM

His price, quite high, is his price

8/19/2014 3:27:32 AM

he is already charging me his price for trimming

8/19/2014 3:25:32 AM

I give her a picnic lunch as a tip everytime and a money tip for the Holidays

8/19/2014 2:03:11 AM

It never occured to me to tip my farrier nor have I heard of anyone in my area doing so.

8/19/2014 1:30:12 AM

The thought has never come to my mind.

8/19/2014 12:14:50 AM

To find a farrier that will show up when he is scheduled is very hard to fine.

8/19/2014 12:13:54 AM