Oh Happy Happy Day! Your farrier sounds like a great and earnest fella Happy day indeed! He is definitely an earnest guy and why I really wanted to continue with him if it wasn’t detrimental to my horse.
He is spot on about the quality of rasps and it was very nice of him to give you one that, while used, is not used up and show you how to use it Yes it was! He will be getting a nice basket of homemade goodies for Christmas.
Start a folder on your PC for hoof pics. They will be a great frame of reference to not only help you in your rasping efforts but to go back and look at how the hooves & frogs have changed, over time. Yep, I started this after the last trim and have already found my self going back to see the changes. My son made a comment to me the other day... "Mom, you have more pictures of Digby on the computer than you do of me!" (Uh, guilty)
I have gotten so I can tell who was doing the trimming and I can pretty much recognize the bottoms of anyone of my four horses' hooves without knowing which folder I'm in.
You may even find yourself becoming slightly obsessed with the physics of Digby's hooves; why "this side" of "this" hoof wears different than "that side" of "that" hoof. Or, ok, the wear pattern has changed, why? Is he off and I'm not seeing it? lol lol lol Um, guilty again....
Hooves can be puzzling little head scratchers once you get to delving into what makes them work. Annnnd when you start going on-line looking at those tiny little (and fragile) bones from the fetlock joint down into the hoof, you will soon marvel at how they support all that weight on those fragile little "wiggies"
That could also lead to the same obsession with the Donkeys, since their hooves are different than those of a horse Ah.... Not likely. I may learn about donkey hooves but fat chance I will ever get under either of them. They’ve not had good farrier experiences with the previous owners and both are over 15 years old now. Their minds are far too sharp and I really value what’s left of my mobility. Good thing my farrier is over 6 feet tall, weighs as much as the jenny, and has the patience of a saint.
As far as sitting on a bucket or stool and getting the leg to quit squirming, with me, it was just something that took practice with my three Walkers. The Arab latched onto that "leg support" the first time I put his leg across mine but the TWH's took a bit of time to understand it was "ok" Thankfully Digby accepts new things pretty well and I’ve tried the bucket while scrubbing hooves already. He could have cared less…. But since he is only 7, he has a tendency to not always pay attention to what I’m doing. As in… I’m hunched up under him working on a hoof and he decides to turn his whole body to scratch his flank- forgetting that I have a hold of a hoof! Then has the nerve to look at me like it’s my fault when we both nearly fall over. Um, I would say intelligence is not his strongest attribute… for now. (Good thing he’s quirky and cute.)