Originally Posted by NorthernMama
I am also interested in trying a power tool for trimming. I want to learn how to use one effectively now, while I am fully able to trim, because in another 10 years, I might not be as strong or durable :) Any input would be appreciated.
I've been using an angle grinder (without the handle and guard) with 36 grit sanding discs for the last 5 years, and except for minor touch ups, I never use my nippers or rasp anymore. It takes hoof off very fast
, and once you get the hang of it, you can do the bottom of a hoof in 30 seconds or less, and it does a great job rolling the toe. I looked for the lightest
one I could find and wound up with this one Ryobi 4-1/2 in. Barrel Grip Angle Grinder-AG403 at The Home Depot
It's around 4 lbs and I can use it with one hand without holding the foot between my legs, but you can always use a cradle or two hands in the normal stance if that is easier. You really just need to guide the grinder and don't need to use any effort at all.
Just make sure your horse stands well and is OK with the noise of the grinder, and it's best to tie the tail up to prevent a swish or the wind from blowing the tail into the grinder or you'll wind up yanking out a bunch of tail hair around it.
As I've gotten up in the years, this and a hoof stand has saved my back and kept my going. The sanding discs are very inexpensive and I get 3+ sets of trims for our 5 horses (so 60+ hooves) out of each one.