Hopefully this is the right forum for this.
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 ó Cut-Resistant, Large | Cut Resistant Gloves | Northern Tool + Equipment Youngstown Kevlar-Lined Work Gloves ó 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.