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    04-29-2012, 08:16 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
I don't particularly like the stand. Looks like extra ways for a horse or farrier to get hurt.

As for "homemade" stands, I'll stick w/ a disc blade and pipe. 3/8" round rod welded on bottom of course. I have one that's 30+ yrs old and good to go. Of course the last 15 or so years have been blessed w/ factory made stuff.
     
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    04-29-2012, 08:28 PM
  #12
Yearling
Bnt nail, if you could design the ideal stand, what would it be? I've studied alot on this because it's like my toolbox, I use it a lot.
     
    04-29-2012, 08:40 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by AmazinCaucasian    
bnt nail, if you could design the ideal stand, what would it be? I've studied alot on this because it's like my toolbox, I use it a lot.
Hoof Jack took care of that for me.
     
    04-29-2012, 09:09 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by bntnail    
Hoof Jack took care of that for me.
Agreed. The cradle is a back saver I wouldn't want to do without, especially on the big heavies!

Here's a tip to save trips between the anvil and the horse. Cut 1/4" increment hashmarks into the handle of your hoof knife. Measure the widest part of the hoof and the heel width with the knife. No need to leave the anvil until the shoe matches those dimensions. I'll often get it right in one go using that little trick.

Cheers,
Mark
     
    04-29-2012, 09:10 PM
  #15
Trained
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
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"
According to my daughter who is a pharmacist (BA in science), liniments only work on the skin creating a tingly or heat, or cold effect, no liniments over the counter penetrate into muscles, none, doesn't exist. Yes this effect makes the muscles feel better however. Absorbine horse strength liniment active ingredient is menthol, with some enchincea & few other herbs thrown in, the rest is rubbing alcohol. So no worries even if osmosis did occur, there is nothing in it that would hurt you. I love using this stuff just as a nice wash, rinse for a sweaty horse as it makes my hands feel all tingly. It's good stuff.
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    04-29-2012, 10:02 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Horseman56    

Here's a tip to save trips between the anvil and the horse. Cut 1/4" increment hashmarks into the handle of your hoof knife. Measure the widest part of the hoof and the heel width with the knife. No need to leave the anvil until the shoe matches those dimensions. I'll often get it right in one go using that little trick.

Cheers,
Mark
Good tip Mr. Fancey. I love those common sense solutions that make the job more efficient
     
    04-29-2012, 10:12 PM
  #17
Yearling
One for donkeys....

Next time you have to work on an aggravating donkey, you can try this: Have a handler grab the ear and squeeze. NOT HARD, just barely grab ahold and squeeze a little. The old timers might tell you to really crank on it, but you can damage the ears. That leg will get as limber as a dish rag.
     
    05-04-2012, 08:21 AM
  #18
Started
The ear thing didn't work on my donkey. Neither did twitches, ropes, hobbles, begging, pleading, minor sedation...

Would fight a shoeing stock the entire time. Took draft horse amounts of sedatives to knock him down. So much I was afraid I'd kill him. Could do regular grooming, picking no problem. I worked with him for 20+ years and he just wasn't about to give in.

Many years ago my then farrier showed up drunk. He did my horses fine. Just trims, no weird feet or behavior issues. I was a little nervous about it but the first horse was fine, watching like a hawk, so was the second and right through to the 5th. The donkey used to like to put his foot down and take breaks. No other issues than you had to wait 5 minutes for him to be ready again. Farrier knew this and had dealt with it before for years. Guess it was the alcohol but he blew a fuse and proceeded to beat the donkey up with his rasp. Not just a smack. Big man, small donk. I had to hop in and take the donk away. I even felt threatened when I got between them. Even though the farrier and I had been friends for years I never asked him back. The idiot asked me if there was a bar in town on his way out. Had his 4 year old son with him too.

Herbie never forgot and never forgave. Neither did I.



I use a hoof jack trimming my horses. It is a major back saver. One pony is trust worthy enough where I can sit on a milk crate and do her feet in my lap, but she is kinda special. Not something I'd do with my others even though they are good.
     

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