In my opinion, a hoof jack is worth its weight in gold. I have had mine for over 10 years and its still in great shape. I originally purchased it for a horse that would panic when his front feet were placed between my legs so I used it on fronts and back with him. I trimmed for customers for many years and used it on the hinds only, it takes less than 60 seconds for a horse to get it figured out and then they are super comfortable and so is my back! I bought one for a friend for his birthday, he has a draft that would put his weight on him. He loves it. If you are going to trim, your own or someone elses, its the best thing you could ever buy!!!