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post #21 of 24 Old 02-06-2009, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Northernmamma, right now it takes everything we have to do it monthly because the temps have been steady at below 0!

But, as soon as it gets nice, (supposed to be warmer this week, yeah) I'm thinking we will also be cleaning them up more, about every two weeks.

We have never used a nippers and right now have no plans for getting one.

That's where it helped a lot to have the natural trimmer the first time. She took a nippers to them on her first visit and since we have kept them up since then, I don't see where we should ever have to use one.

Hopefully the next time the natural trimmer comes she will be able to shape them up loads better and we can again keep on with keeping them that way.

I am really looking forward to my riding season to see if this takes care of the tripping problem I have been having the past few years.

I think it will since the tripping always started when they were 6-8 post traditional trim.
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post #22 of 24 Old 02-06-2009, 02:53 PM
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Thanks Horsegma! I will take that into account. :) What is a "natural trimmer" versus a regular farrier? I don't know the difference.


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post #23 of 24 Old 02-06-2009, 04:07 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by VACountryGirl View Post
Thanks Horsegma! I will take that into account. :) What is a "natural trimmer" versus a regular farrier? I don't know the difference.
I thought I would just google that question for you and found this site:

Our horses were pastured trim before.

I think that the main goal with the natural trim is that you really want your horse to land heel first, rather than toe first.

That is how the horses in the wild move.

But, since our horses don't move miles over the course of the day like the wild horses do, we as their keepers have to help to keep them trimmed up as if they do.

It's a lot of work, time and commitment. But, I can't say it enough, it's way worth it.

I had to think long and hard if I wanted to do this because of the commitment. Actually took me over a year to finally try it. I don't regret it one iota!
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post #24 of 24 Old 02-07-2009, 01:40 AM
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My cudos to all of you. The scariest thing about doing your horse's feet yourself it picking up the tools. Yes it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done in my life. I learned through Ove Lind who started with the likes of Pete Ramey and Jamie Jackson. His website is very very informative: he goes into alot about function and also has a basic trim recipe.
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