Cut resistant gloves possibly useful for hoof trimming.

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    10-03-2011, 11:36 AM
Cut resistant gloves possibly useful for hoof trimming.

Hopefully this is the right forum for this.

Some background:

I've been trimming my horses feet for about a year and ah alf now. I wear gloves. I'm careful to hold the horse hoof so my thumb is below the plane of the hoof and thus not in the way of the hoof knife should it slip. I have both right and left handed knives in the chaps pockets so I'm always cutting away from me, but even with the best intentions, sometimes accidents happen.

In any event, the hoof knive slipped when trimming a summer drought hardened frog and I managed to take a wicked slice out of the thumb on the hand holding the horses hoof a couple of months ago. I took a teaspoon sized scoop out of the thumb on the moderately heavy work gloves I was wearing too. I'll spare you the gory details, but it did require a trip to the ER and 5 weeks of healing before I could get back to trimming my horses feet. A friend came over and finished the hoof I was working on for me.

The thumb still isn't back to "normal", the missing meat still shows in the profile and the oddly shaped nail, but the cut missed the joint so it is fully functional and only a little tender.

Anyway, with that as background, I stumbled across a reference to these Kevlar lined cut resistant gloves. It got my immediate undivided attention!

Youngstown Kevlar-Lined Work Gloves Cut-Resistant, Large | Cut Resistant Gloves | Northern Tool + Equipment
Youngstown Kevlar-Lined Work Gloves Cut-Resistant, X-Large | Cut Resistant Gloves | Northern Tool + Equipment

They come in full pairs which is good. I use the knife (nippers and file) in my left hand working on the horses right feet, and in my right hand working on the horses left feet - so either thumb is a candidate for slicing.

I have a pair on order. I haven't used them yet, but I think, from reading the reviews a pair of these might have either prevented the cut or radically reduced it's severity. Based on the reviews I think they'll work just fine.

Anyway, this seemed like something worth sharing.

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    10-03-2011, 03:34 PM
Green Broke
I bought a knit glove with stainless steel wire woven in, It is sold with a fillet knife in fishing sections of stores. Works pretty good for handling thrashing fish with spines and trebble hooks, would probably work well for your purpose also,
    11-01-2011, 08:06 PM
Wow, pretty good chunk you took out of your thumb... & you must have a big thumb - my whole thumb is not much more than teaspoon sized! Yeah, I can highly recommend Kevlar or Dyneema cut resistant gloves! Not just for knife accidents, but rasping knuckles isn't a pleasant experience either! I use the light knitted butcher's type, as they're stretchy & thin enough to feel everything. Husband finds them great for spiny fish & filleting too. You can also get light kevlar sleeves apparently, to protect your forearms and of course a good farrier's apron is good coverage for your legs/crotch.

I've always avoided cutting into frog unless absolutely necessary, particularly nice hard callused frog. More the side of the hoof rather than the side of the horse that governs whether I use my left or right hand I think.
    11-01-2011, 08:18 PM
A friend had a steel glove made of small links so it was flexible. He filletted thousands of fish while wearing that glove and nary a nick. He also found it cooler to wear than the gloves with the wires in it.
    11-01-2011, 08:45 PM
Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
A friend had a steel glove made of small links so it was flexible. He filletted thousands of fish while wearing that glove and nary a nick. He also found it cooler to wear than the gloves with the wires in it.
I wouldn't personally want steel in my gloves. People only trimming their own horses might be fine with it, but as a working trimmer, I think it'd get too damaging & therefore expensive on my tools!

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