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post #11 of 16 Old 01-04-2012, 09:54 PM
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I make sure when I go to "see" a new horse prospect that he is barefoot & sound w/very nice hooves. I was married for 11 years to a farrier & often went w/him on his calls-he taught me & some of my friends how to do trims & pull shoes-"just in case" . So, I pretty much am my horses' trimmer,although it's not my favorite horse chore. It helps having all the right tools & since I have major athritis in my hands I sometimes have to have help on closing the nippers, but my horses are patient.
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post #12 of 16 Old 01-04-2012, 11:16 PM
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since I have major athritis in my hands I sometimes have to have help on closing the nippers, but my horses are patient.
If you do it often enough, it's an easy job & you won't need nippers
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post #13 of 16 Old 01-05-2012, 08:42 AM
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BTW, Walkin, enjoy reading & agreeing with your post, as usual, except for the bit 'NO horse should be sore after a trim' in which I'd just add 'generally, but there are rare exceptions, such as diet related 'mild' laminitis'. Not saying that was the case with your trimmer tho.
Now that I go back and look at that statement, I should have worded that differently but, I was already mentally on a tangent about my ex-trimmer - lol I apologize

My head was in a spot that my horse in question had been barefoot for a few years, trimmed by this same Trimmer and never came up sore. Even though this horse is insulin resistant, these soreness issues were not a result of his IR.

It would take him about 4 weeks to get over the soreness, the Trimmer would be here on week five and d***ed if Joker wouldn't be sored up really good again on the back -- groaning sore when he would comes across the paddock

<quietly knocking on wood> but since I took their hooves back, I've been able to put the bridle on him the day I trim him and ride him 500' down the our gravel drive without him missing a lick, gimping or groaning. I even managed to get past an old heel height prescription from the chiropractor and brought his heels down to where they should be. There is something wrong with the scope of that picture

The soreness direction I was trying to go in was the horse shouldn't be sore after a trim if the hooves are healthy. Thanks for qualifying what I should have said
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If you do it often enough, it's an easy job & you won't need nippers
CaCowGirl, 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

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Great,thanks for the tips-I'll look for those brands. I've been using stuff that my husband had,so haven't boughten new in quite awhile. ( I just started doing my own trimming though a couple of years ago, & do try to do often enough so rasping is the main part of what I do. I'm lucky my mare's chestnuts are very tiny & don't grow, the gelding I soften them often & usually hand peel. The last 2 farriers I had always wanted to rasp off the periople, & I like it more natural,so that is one reason I started doing it myself. Once I get moved, I don't think they'll need much done, as they will get lots more riding.
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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.
Yeah ditto good tools make the job easier, & you shouldn't need to put pressure on a rasp, rather sort of glide it across & let it do the work.
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