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post #1 of 12 Old 03-03-2013, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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frog trimming help needed

Trimming the frog is my least favorite thing to do and is ordinarily not even necessary except for "little tags". But, my haffie filly has these huge frogs that just grow wild, including leaning over and creat dangerously huge "pockets". They are currently in the process of shedding. I use an expensive knife and it sharp, yet I still have the hardest dang time trimming the material. I am also afraid I will cut to deep. Does anyone have any tips or tricks (like other efffective tools they use), or good video links that focus on frog trimming?

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I used to take my really sharp knife and kind of saw back and forth with it. Maybe you've done that already.
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I used to take my really sharp knife and kind of saw back and forth with it. Maybe you've done that already.
Thanks fluffy. Yeah, I have tried that and it feels like I am using a butter knife. The only time I am somewhat successful is when I go away from me in a whittling motion, if that makes sense. But it will "jam" most of the time, and I just can't bring myself to get more "aggresive". I am actually thinking about taking wire cutters that are in the form of tiny hoof nippers (the old overgrowth is that major)...but that seems so "not right". :)

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I've heard that haffies have huge frogs that need to be trimmed back. I know frogs are kinda weird to trim. That tough sponginess doesn't help.
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Ever seen goat hoof clippers? You can find them at your local feed store or Tractor Supply. They look kind of like small garden shears. They're sharp and do a great job of cutting the spongy overgrowth on goat hooves so maybe they'd work for cutting spongy frogs?
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My opinion? If it feels like a butter knife, your knife really isnt as sharp as you think it is. A truely sharp knife will shave hair off your arm with the lightest touch.

Also, I use a loop knife and find it MUCH easier as a female with small hands. I always trim out the commisures and take off the flaps that overlay them so I can keep the foot clean and thrush free.

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Ever seen goat hoof clippers? You can find them at your local feed store or Tractor Supply. They look kind of like small garden shears. They're sharp and do a great job of cutting the spongy overgrowth on goat hooves so maybe they'd work for cutting spongy frogs?
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Hmmm. I looked them up. Interesting, and you would have quite a bit of control. Thanks for the suggestion.

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My opinion? If it feels like a butter knife, your knife really isnt as sharp as you think it is. A truely sharp knife will shave hair off your arm with the lightest touch.

Also, I use a loop knife and find it MUCH easier as a female with small hands. I always trim out the commisures and take off the flaps that overlay them so I can keep the foot clean and thrush free.
Well, I will have to test it...on DH's arm. It may not be, but it seems sharp. It cuts other stuff pretty well..including me if I forget my gloves and "miss".;) I will try really sharpening it well and see how it goes...maybe enlist DH - I think there is an art to sharping things and I don't think I have the touch - but I try.

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Make sure not to cut them to short!
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Make sure not to cut them to short!
haha, I am lucky if I have the courage to cut them "to long". I just wish there were some clear dotted line, "cut here".
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