The "handy tip thread"

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    04-28-2012, 04:38 PM
The "handy tip thread"

We do plenty of arguing and disagreeing on here, so I thought it'd be good to share some tips with each other. Maybe make each other's job easier

-There's a product called plasi-dip that's real nice to coat your tool handles in. Makes a rubber coating that has a soft feel.

-In the summer you can use vetwrap on the handles when they're slick from sweat and fly spray.

-Here's a stand you can make from thin-wall pipe and old shoes. Costs nearly nothing to make and it's light and strong. Very durable too. Takes under an hour to build.
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-Hoof pick filled with silicone and wrapped with vetwrap so it's really soft and spongy
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-Here's some toolbox ideas. Magnetic nail tray so in the event of a crash, your nails don't get spilled and scattered. Tall so that you don't have to bend over to move and roll it around. Tall swivel casters roll better on unfavorable terrain. Base is the widest part. The reason I did this is so it's not tippy, and because if a horse steps sideways into it, they roll it out of the way. Kind of like a bumper all the way around it. Similar concept as a walker that you put babies in. When it hits a wall, the bottom hits (not the tray of tools) Less tool retrieving. The one thing I don't like about this box is that it rolls so good, you almost have to be on perfectly flat ground or it'll leave. Could use the casters with little brakes on em I guess
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I'm sure I'll think of more tips that aren't tool-related later on. But this will get it started

Share your ideas and post pics!
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    04-29-2012, 01:08 AM
I want to see a picture of the inside of your medicine chest with all the Ibuprofen, Hydros, Ben Gay, etc LOL!

That's a neat hoof stand :)

Don't laugh, but I've used a cat scratching post before and it makes a great stand!
    04-29-2012, 01:19 AM
Originally Posted by DRichmond    
I want to see a picture of the inside of your medicine chest with all the Ibuprofen, Hydros, Ben Gay, etc LOL!

That's a neat hoof stand :)

Don't laugh, but I've used a cat scratching post before and it makes a great stand!
HeeHee I have pain pills in all my vehicles and in the house too. They're my "American Express", don't leave home without em

I ended up making some these stands for some customers. Me and dad used stands he made in ag class in high school for years and they were heavy. This ones much lighter.
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    04-29-2012, 02:09 AM
Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
HeeHee I have pain pills in all my vehicles and in the house too. They're my "American Express", don't leave home without em
RFLMAO! Everyone knows where you are, they just follow the trail of pills............................................. .....................................

Bigeloil beats out Ben Gay, I prefer horse liniment anyday, how about you?

I bet those hoof stands would sell to the public too, if you put them on consignment in feed stores and whatnot.

Something crossed my mind on a different thread by OkieGal who was curious about learning farrier and hoof care. Have you thought about putting on clinics in your area just to teach people basic hoof care, emergency tips, thrush and prevention, abcess detection, things like that? It's something I don't know if any farriers are doing, but I think it would help educate people so they can become more responsible/responsive owners, and I think to the contrary that type of education would encourage people to utilize farriers more, not less.
    04-29-2012, 04:03 AM
It's funny you say that about BenGay and liniment. I tore my back up pretty bad yesterday (non-horse-related) and I've been layed up all day on the computer. Been using Biofreeze on my back. Got it from my chiropractor. It works really good. But I never used horse liniment. I bet it works good though

Yeah, I've thought about doing something like that simple clinic idea. I really don't do much shoeing anymore. I did a clinic for Missouri Quarter Horse Association a long time ago. But it scared me being in front of all those people. I went with a big show horse trainer that I shoed for. He says, "Aww it'll be easy. Just go with me and you can shoe one of my horses and just talk to people while you're shoeing". Well we get there and there's LOTS of people in the stands and the guy at the door hands me a wireless mic and asks me if I have my speech ready! I had to pull a 15 minute speech out of my butt. Luckily I like to talk, and I fumbled through it.

But yeah, I think it could be a good thing. Not enough of that going on. There's plenty of Youtube videos, but I think people would really benefit from seeing it in person without editing and so forth. And I agree withyou about people seeing the need for using a good farrier. I know that when people actually watch me and ask questions, they generally are more apprehensive to try it themselves.
    04-29-2012, 08:49 AM
I have used liniment on myself when I've had sore muscles. It works great on arthritis pain, too. I discovered that when I would rub down my horse's legs with liniment my hands felt better, also. I know there are several brands of liniment available, but the Absorbine JR for people with a fabric applicator is the very same product as Absorbine Vet Liniment in the orange bottle.
    04-29-2012, 10:40 AM
That stand is really cool AC!

I use liniment on myself too. I like to mix absorbine 50/50 with ACV, works a lot better than icy hot. I'm also guilty of using dmso on my bad knee when it swells up, makes it longer between cortisone shots.

I'm not a farrier, so no tips there. I will say a good tip as far as that goes for owners, be kind to your farrier and make sure your horses have manners! Your farrier shouldn't have to train your horse to stand still and behave. Also, to that point, should your horse misbehave and your farrier corrects it, don't complain about it. Good farriers are hard to find and worth their weight in gold.
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    04-29-2012, 02:46 PM
Thanks guys! I must try this horse liniment. Gittin' old sucks
    04-29-2012, 03:23 PM
Little story about horse liniment....

Once upon a time in the hills and hollers of the Ozark Mountains I was shoeing for a hillbilly family. The husband was outside trading coon dogs with an old man. The wife was inside nursing a bad sunburn. She decided to put horse liniment on it. She was a big gal and she was stripped down naked to apply the liniment. As she poured it on her back, some if it ran down into the crack of her butt. Apparently the burning sensation was intense because she ran outside hollering "Blow it Alan Blow it!" in the nude. Didn't realize there was a farrier and an old man in her yard
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    04-29-2012, 04:04 PM
I wonder if one shouldn't dilute down the horse linement? We don't have as much body mass to absorb it, and it does get into your blood stream, right?

AC. You should def do some Youtube . "Shoein' and Shootin' , the breeze, that is"

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