We used old mustads at school, but it took decent effort to get through even a softer hoof wall, and none of my cuts were even close to even (not sure if it was mine or the nippers..no one else got too great of nips either though). I ended up relying on the rasp much more than O should've..but I think I can manage doing my own barefoot horses with just a rasp, nothing that says I don't just do 'em a little early if they grow too fast ;p
Personally though, for quality..GEs or FootPros. I've accidently used my instructors pair of GEs and they were sharp and I could position and nip with one hand (on a bad horse lol), and I've seen a very scrawny, short girl (under 5'7" and a lot less muscular than me) use the FootPros one handed on an Andy stud to trim his fronts (harder feet as well as..well, no attention span lol).
When I get the money (around $235 here), I'll be buying myself a pair of FootPros so that I can pick up a few trims each morning before work.
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Oooow, one handed is exactly what I need to be able to do! Ugh, $235. Gees. It never ends. I am going to be eating oatmeal w no butter or sugar pretty soon...I don't even want to know what comes after that, water?
Generally, I just rasp, too. I thought I could wiggle out of this additional expense - errrr, small fortune. But, I got another horse b/c I enjoy "additional expenses"
. She is young, has no training, and feet that are beyond hard and in horrid condition. I am trying to get a farrier to come up, if for no other reason to have two to wrangle this little (and she is little) tank
. I am obsessed w the whole matter..I don't want to wait till next week (how busy could these farriers be????)! So, I am thinking...buy a pair that actually cut something and ensure "something" gets done!
Sorry for the rant, but I do feel better now.