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        02-17-2014, 10:08 PM
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    Foal
    Anyone here use a hoof jack?

    I was thinking of getting one of those hoof stands that will hold the hoof in either position while you are trimming. I have a regular hoof stand right now, but sometimes when my back is really hurting I wish I had something to hold the hoof up -- especially the back hooves, as it puts my back in a worse angle somehow. But the front hooves too, when it really hurts.

    I think if I ever start trimming the horse full time, I would get stronger. But the older I get, I wonder about getting one of those stands. Does anyone have opinions or recommendations? Right now, I just rasp a little between visits from the real trimmer. Sometimes I actually have to nip off a bit.
         
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        02-17-2014, 10:27 PM
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    Green Broke
    I bought my husband a version of the hoof jack (kind of the equivalent of husband buying me a vacuum cleaner..LOL) and he likes it about as much as I like my new vacuum :)
         
        02-17-2014, 10:31 PM
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    Showing
    A hoof jack is never a bad idea, regardless of how often you trim. My brother (who is a farrier) has one and swears by it.
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        02-17-2014, 10:32 PM
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    Started
    I love my hoof jack. Got it used for a song. It's much easier to use than our old hoof stand, which wasn't weighted right and would tip easily. I have a friend who uses a jack stand when he trims. My hoof jacks a lot lighter.
         
        02-17-2014, 10:55 PM
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    Foal
    Sounds like I should've got one years ago! Now I just have to decide which one.
         
        02-17-2014, 11:01 PM
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    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    I bought my husband a version of the hoof jack (kind of the equivalent of husband buying me a vacuum cleaner..LOL) and he likes it about as much as I like my new vacuum :)
    Too late to edit, I do love my vacuum...I meant that in a good way..LOL
    Hubby likes his hoof jack :)
         
        02-17-2014, 11:01 PM
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    Showing
    FWIW, my brother has this one. He says the magnets on the sides are really handy for holding your rasp and nippers and the automatic lift system makes adjustment really easy. It works just like the lever on the bottom of an office chair.

    Also, his has been through hell a time or 3, trimming unruly horses that knock it over, stomp on it, kick it across the yard, etc and it still works great LOL.

    It's the "Power Cradle Stand"
    Hoof Stand
         
        02-17-2014, 11:10 PM
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    Foal
    Thanks smrobs, that one looks great!

    COWCHICK - I was wondering if that was a good comparison, or a bad one. Either way, I equate both vacuuming and trimming with a backache.

    I'm whining I guess.
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        02-18-2014, 02:55 AM
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    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Slave2Ponies    
    I think if I ever start trimming the horse full time, I would get stronger. But the older I get, I wonder about getting one of those stands.
    Ahhh...when we were young. I've found that every year I get older, my back may get stronger, but I still need to take more ibuprofen

    My wife bought me a hoof jack years ago, and it is great at saving wear and tear on the back. It takes a little getting used to at the start (if you're used to holding the hoof between your legs), but once you get used to it, you'll never go without it.

    I also use a angle grinder like Ryobi 4-1/2 in. Barrel Grip Angle Grinder-AG403 at The Home Depot with 30 grit discs instead of nippers and a rasp for 3 of our 4 mares (our youngest doesn't want anything to do with it and I use a rasp for her). With practice you can do a perfect trim on a hoof in a minute without getting sore arms and shoulders.
         
        02-18-2014, 07:13 AM
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    I don't have extra money for fancy gadgets, so I usually get on one knee and rest the leg on my thigh. Alahna likes it much better that way for her hinds since she prefers them low to the ground. The fronts I'll hold between my legs and trim because she doesn't lean at all and I can generally do those within 10-15 minutes (I don't normally trim anymore though).
    You have to trust the horse though, because down on a knee takes a couple extra seconds to get up and away, so I wouldn't be doing it on a horse that isn't absolutely exceptional with their feet.

    I mayy start trimming on my own again though since I have better things to spend the money on, not to mention she can only go 5 weeks with a trim. I had shoes on her, so I got a farrier (don't have extra money for the tools, and not going to spend it for the one horse I do)..but my back's getting better from my accident and Alahna's doing well barefoot..so we're going to try barefoot again.
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