So, I bought me some trimming materials a while back not only to start learning but to keep up on the horse's hooves between trims. I bought a rasp first, thinking I'd get proficient with it and go from there. And I find that when I try to use it, it just... Doesn't work! I watched videos on how to do it, tried that, tried my own method, and the rasp is just so long and unwieldy for me along with the foot giving to the rasp pressure (and therefore not getting a lot of pressure to rasp) and I just cannot get a mustang roll on a hoof to save my life. The last time I was rasping I ended up catching one of the blades on my hand and bleeding all over the place. (gloves, I know, haha)
I was looking at a Rider's Rasp, but those are more for putting a roll on a hoof after it's all said and done. I found something like this instead:
One handed, with a handle. I could hold the hoof and rasp at the same time. Does this look like it'd work? Does anybody else use something like that? Because I am apparently incompetent when it comes to real rasps. I feel like I could use this to rasp and then smooth it with something like a rider's rasp? Does it just take time to get used to a normal rasp? I feel like such an idiot when I try to use them. Trying to hold a hoof in my legs, rasp with two hands, the foot is moving around, the rasp isn't moving like I want it to around the hoof edge. I dunno, maybe I'm just rasp impaired!
And secret rasping tips that all of you 'in the know' people can share? The videos make it look so easy!