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.