Does anyone nip down to sole level, then just rasp to bevel?
 
 

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Does anyone nip down to sole level, then just rasp to bevel?

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    02-03-2013, 04:39 PM
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Foal
Cool Does anyone nip down to sole level, then just rasp to bevel?

Pretty much covered it in the title, I feel. I'm about to start doing my own trims, got a hoof stand, hoof knife, nippers, rasp - thought I'd get people's opinions before I nipped away. I've studied hooves long enough, time to get in there. I'm not forgetting the bars and sole, I just don't have questions about them right now. Thanks horse people.
     
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    02-03-2013, 05:13 PM
  #2
Yearling
Bare Foot Horse
Hope this helps. Its better to leave them a little longer and then go shorter if you have to. This way if you make a mistake you can touch up with the rasp, rather than wait for them to grow out. I normally don't have to touch the sole.
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    02-03-2013, 05:21 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Spotted    
Bare Foot Horse
Hope this helps. Its better to leave them a little longer and then go shorter if you have to. This way if you make a mistake you can touch up with the rasp, rather than wait for them to grow out. I normally don't have to touch the sole.

So, you wouldn't, then? It just seems so much faster...
     
    02-03-2013, 05:26 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by KeroKero    
So, you wouldn't, then? It just seems so much faster...
Thinking about it here on my own, I supposed I'm assuming the sole is level/balanced. Is this often not the case?
     
    02-03-2013, 05:27 PM
  #5
Yearling
Not being new at it I wouldn't. Leave yourself some room and take your time. Trim a little take a picture, go in the house look at it and then go from there. Unless your feeling confident, but I would rather take my time then have a lame horse in the end.
Just my thoughts.
Or you can do your trim and post pics. There are may people on here that can give advise. There is another thread posted right now check it out.
     
    02-03-2013, 05:30 PM
  #6
Foal
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Originally Posted by Spotted    
Not being new at it I wouldn't. Leave yourself some room and take your time. Trim a little take a picture, go in the house look at it and then go from there. Unless your feeling confident, but I would rather take my time then have a lame horse in the end.
Just my thoughts.
Or you can do your trim and post pics. There are may people on here that can give advise. There is another thread posted right now check it out.
That I will definitely do. I am feeling very confident, but now I'm wondering about the sole as my guidline..
     
    02-03-2013, 05:34 PM
  #7
Yearling
Its easier to give advice if you showed before pic's. People on here can actually draw on your picture to show guidelines.. I really like loosie and a couple other people on here to get advice from. Maybe start there. Have your plan and see what others think, before you nip.
     
    02-03-2013, 05:41 PM
  #8
Foal
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Originally Posted by Spotted    
Its easier to give advice if you showed before pic's. People on here can actually draw on your picture to show guidelines.. I really like loosie and a couple other people on here to get advice from. Maybe start there. Have your plan and see what others think, before you nip.
But I'm not asking about my horses feet specifically for this question, I wanted to know if other people have done trims by nipping to sole level, then rasping the bevel - which makes sense in my head but I've never seen it done. But then when I thought about it, that means if the sole isn't level, the trim won't be. At the same time, since you don't want hoof wall touching the ground and creating that leverage anyway, you may as well nip and then bevel, and I suppose if the sole wasn't exactly balanced you could knife or rasp it down a tad... that makes sense...

So, what I'm saying in that wall of text above XD is that no matter what, you'd need to go by the sole and correct it if it were imbalanced, .. so why not nip to save time.
     
    02-03-2013, 05:48 PM
  #9
Yearling
Ok .. yes I do trim level with the sole. And then bevel. They are not walking directly on the sole either.tI tend to leave just a tad longer on the heals 1/8 th of an inch.
I don't touch the soles, at the toes, maybe just a little around the frog just to clean it up a little if nessesary.
     
    02-03-2013, 05:50 PM
  #10
Yearling
I'm not a pro, I just do my own horses. Hopefully someone else jumps in to help you as well.
     

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