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post #11 of 24 Old 10-29-2013, 07:25 PM
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I ended up kneeling and resting my filly's hoof on my leg this last time and holding it with my left hand, ...
I do this all the time when I see something that I just want to quickly rasp. As long as you trust your horse not to move over on top of you, this saves a lot of strain on your back and legs, too.

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post #12 of 24 Old 10-29-2013, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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Shoebox, when I do the roll, I usually am holding the hoof in my hand actually and manipulating the rasp with only one hand. Practice and strength...

If you don't have the strength, a hoof stand is the way to go. I am trying to learn how to use a hoof stand now since I hurt my back over the summer. It seems so much less secure than my legs, I am having difficulty. But I am sure that with PRACTICE, it will come.

A hoof stand doesn't have to be purchases. Mine is made from a pedestal table base and an insert in it that MDH made for me. Do you know any handy-dandy welders/fabricators?
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That radius rasp looks to make a lot of sense. Has anybody tried it?
Oh man. This is what I need. I think I'm going to buy it.... It'll be really nice at least until I can get proficient with a real rasp. I'll have to look up reviews on it and see if it's worth it!

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I do this all the time when I see something that I just want to quickly rasp. As long as you trust your horse not to move over on top of you, this saves a lot of strain on your back and legs, too.
I do trust her. She pulls away once in a while, she's still learning me and my ways, but it was pretty easy that way. My draft mare I can crawl under to mess with her feet, stomach, pretty much whatever.

Thanks for the tips so far everyone! Keep em' coming you you have them! One of these days I'll be proficient at it ;)
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A easy hoof jack would be to slightly modify a car jack. I put vet wrap around the top to give more cushion and support but it worked well for me.
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And after you get a HoofJack, then you get to teach the horse to stand there. LOL
Horse...HoofJack...rasp...bloody fingers...crap flying all over the place. Aaaaaahhhh!
My hat's off to anyone who can get those feet done! I simply don't have the strength. I can nip and rasp a break off piece but I just have to leave the big stuff for the pro.
Wish I could think of another purpose for that HoofJack.

Oh, Rider's Rasp...I couldn't live without that either. Wish I had saved my 40-some bucks.

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And after you get a HoofJack, then you get to teach the horse to stand there. LOL
Horse...HoofJack...rasp...bloody fingers...crap flying all over the place. Aaaaaahhhh!
My hat's off to anyone who can get those feet done! I simply don't have the strength. I can nip and rasp a break off piece but I just have to leave the big stuff for the pro.
Wish I could think of another purpose for that HoofJack.

Oh, Rider's Rasp...I couldn't live without that either. Wish I had saved my 40-some bucks.
The Rider's Rasp looks useless to me. But the Radius Rasp posted actually looks like it might do something!

And the car stand idea is good! I think I'll just to that instead, actually!
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It takes practise for sure. After a few decades of rasping hooves and my knuckles, I only do hooves now, phew

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Well first, you have to look at the equipment you're using. What brand of rasp did you go for? If you go for a cheap one($12-15 bucks) that thing couldn't even rasp paper! I found a rasp on sale, tried it out, and it would NOT rasp the foot. So that was a waste of money. You need a good quality brand hoof rasp which will cost you about $25 bucks.

For my boys, I usually trim them with their hoof on my knee. I hold their hoof in place with my inner arm so I can nip with both hands. Then I stand and hold their hoof with my inner hand and rasp with my outer hand. Then I switch hands to make sure I rasp the inside just as well. You may also be pressing too hard, or thinking about it too much. Take the fine side and go over lightly, first. That will help smooth things down and not give something for the coarse side to catch on(this was a handy tip my farrier taught me after he saw me catching on the horse's toe). So if you get caught up on something with the coarse side, ease up on the pressure and use the fine side to smooth things out a bit. And just because you can't rasp in one direction, doesn't mean you can't rasp another. If your rasp just won't stop catching going one direction, flip the rasp around and try going the other direction.

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post #18 of 24 Old 10-30-2013, 10:42 AM
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What are you using for a rasp? A cheap rasp makes it hard. A good rasp will shave through hoof like coconut filings. Good tools are half the battle.

When I first started my hands and arm were full of little nicks and cuts. Rarely happens now but when it does it's usually a good one.
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:hmmm. Maybe that's my problem. It did in fact cost ~20 dollars, but maybe it's just not great quality. I also have a nipper that was given to me by a farrier, but I haven't used it yet.

Will websites like Horse.Com or Chick's have okay quality rasps? I could snag one when they have discounts or sales, which is often.

Kayella: I figured as much! I hate gloves unless they fit skin tight, they get in the way of finer things, and so I rarely wear them. Figured I'd just have to live with rasping my hands up unless I can find some
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post #20 of 24 Old 10-30-2013, 03:41 PM
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You are better off by far going to a site that sells farrier supplies.

I get most of my stuff at Meader's. Nice people, happy to answer questions.

Meader Supply Corporation

These are the rasps I'm currently using. I don't go through a lot because I just do my own horses.

Heller Hoof Rasps

Not a lot more expensive than the diamond rasps but a heck of a lot better.
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