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post #1 of 10 Old 05-17-2012, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Anyone use a riders rasp or reg. rasp in between?

Just wondering if any of you use a riders rasp or regular rasp for your barefoot horses on between farrier visits? If so, is there a proper technique? Pros or cons of either? Things to avoid? How often would you say you would need to file the burrs and rough edges? All in put welcomed!
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post #2 of 10 Old 05-17-2012, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Also, do any of you use easy boots? I know you are supposed to measure your horses foot on a fresh trim, but what about accomidating hoof growth?
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I do not do anything to my horse's hooves except pick them out. My horses have good, hardy feet so I really have never had an issue. I honestly wouldn't feel comfortable with doing any filing on my horses because I am not knowledgeable and don't know what I am doing. I'm afraid I would ruin something.

Lucky for me, my farrier tells me if I ever need anything to give him a call and he'll swing by and take a look. If we have a chip or something, he'll take care of it.

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I have thought the same thing too. I defiantly wouldn't want to screw my farrier's job up or compromise my horses soundness. Just curious if anyone did any maintenance in between farrier visits.
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I have a riders rasp and I use it sporadically to clean up the edges of my 2yr old's feet but that's it. My other two are shod so that don't work. :P
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My horse's hoof wall grow faster than it wears down, so I usually do a small maintenance rasp of the outer wall. We're talking just make sure the foot is still level since his outer wall wears less than the inner, and keep the slight mustang roll on there in tact. I'm also dealing with a foot that tries to grow forward and underrun, so I keep knocking back the toe on that foot.

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I do most definitely advise people learn the basic theory & principles of trimming, along with a bit of supervised practice, but when talking 'brush ups' between farrier visits, it's not exactly rocket science either & if you are only keeping the mustang roll well attended, you can't really stuff things up.

If you're wanting to learn to completely maintain your horse's feet, I'd advise you at least go to a good workshop &/or have some lessons with your farrier at least first, preferrably keep your farrier attending regularly too, to check up on the job. 'Correcting' problems is generally a far cry from just maintaining good hooves - I'd advise a LOT more education & supervised practice before getting into that.

I think it's a great idea for people to learn for themselves, whether just wanting to brush up or not. For one, if you learn to do it, you can at least perform 'first aid' & won't be left in the lurch if your farrier can't come. You'll also be able to better evaluate your horse's hooves & have an idea what to do about them. But also, it's always best to maintain hooves in healthy form, rather than to allow them to overgrow before 'correcting', which generally tends to mean more than only 5-6 weekly.

Techniques? Let the rasp do the work - don't try to use pressure on it. Learn to use both hands. Ask your farrier/trimmer for some more tips & tricks first hand. Ask them to teach you.... ask where to get an old rasp that will do for the job & they may well just give you one.
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Thank you, loosie for your insight!
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I think it's so important for horse people to understand feet. I think of it as not knowing how to put air in your car tires.

I do all of my own horses at least every 4 weeks, and have my faithful, well respected farrier come in every 4-5 months to check on my work. It works out very well and it's a bit easier on my pocket book!

Ask your farrier lots of questions...most of them love to explain things. The only time that I have found a farrier that didn't want to answer questions, they turned out incredibly insecure about what they were doing and COULD NOT answer simple questions. Personally, I feel that if they cannot answer your questions...they shouldn't be doing the job.
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You'll also be able to better evaluate your horse's hooves & have an idea what to do about them. But also, it's always best to maintain hooves in healthy form, rather than to allow them to overgrow before 'correcting', which generally tends to mean more than only 5-6 weekly.
Other than saving $$s, this is a big reason I learned to trim our mares. They are all different and you see/learn how their hooves grow and wear through the seasons and over the year. Our thin soled mares does fine barefoot if you trim her less, but more often (every 4 weeks). Our mother/daughter stocky, Impressive line mares have wonderful feet and can go 6-8 weeks. I'll do touch ups in between if I notice something or just for cosmetics and it only takes a minute or two. Being able to do them yourself when they need it keeps their feet all in good shape and avoids any of them getting too long while trying to figure out what would be the overall best time to have a farrier out to do them all at once.
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