Originally Posted by loosie
If you do it often enough, it's an easy job & you won't need nippers
ditto that. I now have enough arthritis in my hands that I don't trust myself with the nippers.
I trim three of my horses every 3 - 4 weeks so I can just use a rasp.
The fourth horse gets trimmed every 2 - 3 weeks because he grows toe at warp speed.
Pay the money for high quality hoof rasps and know they don't last forever.
Vallorbe makes two models: One will split a dog's hair two ways, the other will split it three ways. I buy both because I need that "split the dog's hair three ways" to do the initial filing. Once that is done I use the cheaper Vallorbe to do the finish work.
My shoulders are starting to go too, so these "blink and your eyelashes are cut off" rasps take a lot less pressure from my shoulders/wrists. I can see why legitimate farriers and trimmers might not like them - lol lol
Lots of Trimmers really like the Bellota hoof rasps. I went to the Vallorbe because the lady in the local store said every shoer & trimmer in the county was switching to Vallorbe because they seem to last longer.
Also, for those times when you might need to snip some heel off, I bought a pair of nail pullers and had Mr. WTW sharpen the dickens out of the edges.
The handles are only about 10" long maybe? And work really well to snip the heels down, if need be. Plus the shorter handles make it a lot easier to take a good clean cut on the Chestnuts, when they need trimmed back.
Buy good hoof knives too. While they can run from $6 to $30 or more, I find the hoof knives in the $15 range work pretty good.
Mr. WTW also keeps those sharpened up but I really do need to quit telling him to sharpen them enough so I could cut his family jewels off if I felt like it. Sometimes I don't get the hoof knives back very sharp
Anyway, as Loosie said, if you keep up with the hooves every 3 - 4 weeks, you won't need the knippers