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post #1 of 11 Old 11-11-2011, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Do you trim your horses


I'm interested in learning to do my horses feet but I don't know where to find information on learning to do this.

Actually clipping the hoof would be easy but I'm afraid to do the frog.
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post #2 of 11 Old 11-11-2011, 10:47 AM
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this is just my experience lol

i trim my horses feet now. but i learned from my farrier teaching me for a year and then i took a course to better my understanding and then went to learn more with the farrier... i wish i did the course first and then followed my farrier.
the courses give a good base for lameness and corrective trimming and shoeing.
if your in the USA there ae tons of places that offer courses and clinics. just search the internet you will find them. if your outside the USA , i am sorry i am not familiar with that.
But best thing i think is take the course and then work with your farrier on your horses. when you feel comfortable then you can do it on your own.
and i learned to not mess with the frog. you only have about a 1/4 inch before you go to deep so better off leaving it alone enless lightly cleaning it up.
i have been doing it for 1 year now by myself and i still have my farrier come out every 4 trims to check everything just in case i missed something.

pls do not watch the videos on youtbe on how to trim hooves most of them are making the hooves flat and are not benefiting the horses. get real advice from a course and you will be good.
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post #3 of 11 Old 11-11-2011, 10:47 AM
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4 Sweet Feet | For the Natural Trim, and the Natural Horse has some good videos to get you started. She tells you what you need and gives you the basic groundwork of how to do it.

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post #4 of 11 Old 11-11-2011, 01:48 PM
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Yes and no. I do a gentle rasp and mustang roll weekly on my horse's hoof, but my farrier comes out every 12-14 weeks.

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post #5 of 11 Old 11-11-2011, 07:12 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not going to jump in and do this blindly. I just don't know where to go to learn. I talked to a friend that is a ferrier today. He's coming out tomorrow to do the horses so I'm going to pick his brain.
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post #6 of 11 Old 11-13-2011, 11:14 PM
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I'd start learning all the theory you can, as I think it's very important to understand the principles behind the practice first. Check out my signature links for more info. Then I'd find a good trimmer/farrier that is happy to teach you. With people that want to learn & understand the principles, I start out doing the trim & explaining as I go, then I'll supervise & help them do a few trims, getting them to 'brush up' in between visits, then they start to get me less often... half the time, a third of the time... couple of times a year to check they're still doing OK. Just don't be in any hurry to ditch your professional(assuming you have one worth keeping of course!).
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post #7 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 08:02 AM
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I do it mayself too.
I learn from books and documentations...
Then asked a farrier to look at what I've done.

He said I did a good job!
I trim my own horses for 8 years, and they all look fine till the begining!

(tell me if what I wrote mean... nothing...)

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post #8 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 08:00 PM
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I'm interested in trimming my own horse's hooves as well, though I've only had her a week-and-a-half, and am not ready to plunge in just yet. My trimmer came out yesterday, and she's willing to teach me how to do it.

I've also been doing a lot of reading, primarily at the following websites. Read, read, and read some more. I've also joined the Yahoo! barefoot horse care group (barefoothorsecare : Barefoot Horse Care ). You can get a lot of feedback there as well.

Here are the links:
Bare Foot Horse
Pete Ramey hoof care laminitis founder horse navicular disease thrush equine foot development farrier

Hope that helps :)
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post #9 of 11 Old 11-16-2011, 08:33 PM
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I used to years ago, my then farrier helped me out. For the last 20 years or so, I have not done my own horses as they are shod for the most part. I have done other people's horses hooves as there is a farrier shortage in this area & I helped out until they could get someone in. Looks like I will be as soon as this blizzard & cold snap pass, my farrier broke his wrist & the boys really need their shoes pulled & a trim. Too much work but it's gotta be done.
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post #10 of 11 Old 11-23-2011, 03:45 PM
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I do mine, my farrier showed me how over the course of a year or so. Then I went solo after he moved away. It helps financially, but I had to hire a trimmer temporarily to do mine for several months while I was pregnant, lol.

Yes, she's a purebred Percheron. Yes, she is bay.
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