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  • Horse nippers that dont dull
  • Draft horse rasp

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    11-17-2012, 04:49 PM
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I have never sharpened them. They don't need it. Mine have 21 inch handles. They are a little awkward in my small hand at times but I loose too much leverage without it.

Don't skimp on a rasp or knife either. A rasp should shred hoof wall like shaving coconut. I've got a Heller rasp right now. It's only the second one in 20 years. The old one was still better than any diamond rasp I've tried even after using it for 10 years. I keep the old one just in case the Heller doesn't hold up. I also keep it slipped into a piece of pvc pipe so I don't dull it or shave my knuckles. The old one is also draft horse sized. Maybe because I learned with one big like that I like it better. I just didn't feel like wading through the giant selection meaders had when I bought the other.

I do know my hands and forearm are loaded with little scars from knives and rasps skittering off rock hard feet. Enough so I considered wrist protectors meant for archers at one point. Mostly doing the draft feet because I wasn't big enough to hang on and put some muscle into stuff well at times.
     
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    11-17-2012, 05:36 PM
  #12
Green Broke
I personally love Bellota rasps..we used them at the school and they went through every kind of hoof (draft to 10hh pony, soft to rock hard hooves) all day, every day (about 30-40 horses) for about 2 years each. For only around $30, I think that's great..not to mention, no one I know does that many horses a day, lol.
I just bought myself a Bellota razor and I cannot wait to use that baby on a horse..lol.
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    11-18-2012, 09:57 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by SueNH    
I have never sharpened them. They don't need it. Mine have 21 inch handles. They are a little awkward in my small hand at times but I loose too much leverage without it.

Don't skimp on a rasp or knife either. A rasp should shred hoof wall like shaving coconut. I've got a Heller rasp right now. It's only the second one in 20 years. The old one was still better than any diamond rasp I've tried even after using it for 10 years. I keep the old one just in case the Heller doesn't hold up. I also keep it slipped into a piece of pvc pipe so I don't dull it or shave my knuckles. The old one is also draft horse sized. Maybe because I learned with one big like that I like it better. I just didn't feel like wading through the giant selection meaders had when I bought the other.

I do know my hands and forearm are loaded with little scars from knives and rasps skittering off rock hard feet. Enough so I considered wrist protectors meant for archers at one point. Mostly doing the draft feet because I wasn't big enough to hang on and put some muscle into stuff well at times.
LOL, I have rasped my fingers so many times, you would think I would just put on the gloves that are with me. But like some people, I just think it won't happen this time!
     
    11-18-2012, 11:09 AM
  #14
Trained
I have 3 rasps, one is a new unused bellota, I know this b/c ya made me look Isuel. The other two are diamond which I have gone through in about a year on one horse. I primarily just use a rasp on her feet, so that might explain that!

21 inch nippers, Sue?!!! Wow!! Well, I hope 14" will give me the leverage I need. To me it really matters how they "fit" in my hand. If I can get a pair that I can even kind of use w one hand when necessary I will be tickled pink!
     
    11-18-2012, 07:18 PM
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I can use the nippers one handed. I'm not fast by any stretch of the imagination. More often than not my hand is down near the the 12 to 14 inch point but I have that extra length to put some ooomphf into it if needed.
I also use a hoof jack when ever possible. That leaves both hands free and it save a bunch on my back.

I'm not a big person. I'm only 5'4". I even pretty much wear children's sized gloves and bracelets. Tiny bones under my chub.

The nipper handles do get in the way doing the pony at times. If she is in the right mood I can usually sit on a milk crate and put her foot in my lap. If she isn't, I have to bend and flex and pretty much fry my back doing it.
     
    11-19-2012, 02:02 AM
  #16
Green Broke
As for trimming ponies (or anything short), I've been taught to bend at the knees (wall sits!) and keep your back relatively straight (normal position). No need to hunch down and eyeball the hoof to death like I was doing :p MUCH easier on the back, especially when it's more than one horse a day, lol.
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    11-19-2012, 09:26 AM
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The nipper handles can poke her in the belly if I'm not careful. Pony is 37 and a little stiff. When she needs a break, she takes one. I'm generally ready to stand up straight by that time anyhow.

I do bend at the knee as much as possible but my back is iffy on a good day so we bite the bullet and do it. I don't eyeball too long. Been doing her feet for nearly 20 years. Not a lot has changed besides the both of us getting older together.
     
    11-19-2012, 10:39 AM
  #18
Trained
Well, it has taken me somewhere around 9 months..ish to train my mare to work "with" me whilst I trim her. I am now starting a few paces behind "square one" w my new filly.......feel my pain!!! :)
     

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